Reporting Crimes

The reporting of crimes is vital in achieving the goal of providing a safe learning environment for the campus community.  All persons who are victims or witnesses of a crime should promptly report the occurrence to the Fresno State Police Department. Reporting of such offenses by victims or witnesses may be done voluntarily. At times, sensitive situations may arise and police officers cooperate with individuals on a confidential basis. Privileges of confidentiality in criminal matters that are referred for prosecution in a court of law may be subject to exposure. Police officers work closely with prosecutors and investigators with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office in these matters, and the welfare of the victim or witness is of primary concern. 

For all non-emergencies and regular business, please call the Fresno State Police Department at 559.278.8400 and for emergencies, call 911 from any campus phone or push the red button on any of the blue light emergency phones

The Fresno State Police Department dispatch center is the public safety answering point for 911 emergency calls on university property and all police dispatch lines are recorded. If you are making an emergency call from a cell phone, it is advisable to call 559.278.8400 rather than 911. Emergency 911 calls from cell phones are answered by the California Highway Patrol or Fresno Police Department. The Highway Patrol or FPD dispatcher must be advised that your call is from the University and your specific location must be provided. The dispatcher should connect the caller to the Fresno State Police Department. Accessing a yellow or blue emergency phone located throughout campus will directly connect to the Fresno State police dispatcher.  Upon calling, please provide the following:

  1. Location, telephone number, and name.
  2. Describe the incident clearly and accurately.
  3. Do not hang up! More information may be necessary to ensure a quick response.

Anonymous Reporting (TipNOW)

The Fresno State Police Department has an anonymous tip line for reporting crime or providing information anonymously. 

  • Text or call to leave a voicemail: 559.664.3204
  • Email or picture messages:  fresnostate@tipnow.org

Your tip will be forwarded anonymously to the Fresno State Police Department for investigation or other appropriate actions.

Campus Security Authority (CSA)

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act final rule of
November 1, 1999 designates certain members of the university community as Campus Security Authorities.

According to federal law, the Fresno State Police Department is required to report statistics concerning certain criminal offenses reported to the University Police or any Campus Security Authority that occur on campus, in residence facilities, on non-campus property utilized by the University, and on public property adjacent to the campus. The criminal offenses that are required to be reported are murder/non-negligent manslaughter; negligent manslaughter; sex offenses (rape, sodomy, sexual assault w/an object, fondling, incest, statutory rape); domestic violence; dating violence; stalking; robbery; aggravated assault; burglary; motor vehicle theft; arson; liquor law violations; drug violations; and weapons violations.

The following groups of people are considered Campus Security Authorities and thus have an obligation to report allegations made in good faith to the Fresno State Police Department:

  • A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution. If your institution has a campus police or security department, those individuals are campus security authorities. A security department can be as small as one person.
  • Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department (e.g., an individual who is responsible for monitoring the entrance into institutional property). Include individuals who provide security at a campus parking kiosk, monitor access into a campus facility, act as event security, or provide safety escorts around campus.
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses. Your institution must publish a number of safety and security related policy statements. If you direct the campus community to report criminal incidents to anyone or any organization in addition to police or security-related personnel, that individual or organization is a campus security authority.
  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings. An official is defined asany person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.

To determine specifically which individuals or organizations are Campus Security Authorities for your institution, consider the function of that individual or office. Look for officials (i.e., not support staff) whose functions involve relationships with students. If someone has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, he or she is a Campus Security Authority