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Dear Student, Faculty & Staff,

NOTE: Under the Jeanne Clery Act of 1998, any college or university participating in federal financial aid programs is required to send out timely warnings to inform the campus community of a crime or potential crime that constitutes a serious or continuing threat to students, staff and faculty at SF State.  Starting this academic year, all timely warnings will be distributed via email to maximize access to info that may assist individuals with taking affirmative actions to preserve their safety and welfare.


A female victim called the University Police Department this morning at 12:42am to report that an unknown male suspect forcefully grabbed her on the campus pathway between Burk Hall and the Student Health Center and pulled her into the bushes next to the Burk Hall trash bins.

The suspect pressed an unknown sharp object against the victim’s side, lifted her shirt, and roughly grabbed her breasts and groin area for over a minute. The victim began to cry and the suspect told her to “shut up."  The suspect ran away in an unknown direction.

Prior to the incident, the victim noticed the suspect sitting at the metal tables by the exterior restaurants at the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The suspect followed the victim from this location until the incident occurred.

The suspect is described as an unknown race Male, in his late 20’s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, medium build, wearing a grey hoodie-style sweatshirt and blue jeans.

If anyone saw or heard any part of this incident or may have further suspect information please come forward and contact:  San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.  

The UPD would also like to remind everyone of these basic safety considerations:

1. Don’t walk alone at night!

2. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Observe people and activities around you. Look confident and purposeful when you walk.

3. Choose busy, well-lit streets and avoid isolated areas, alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings and construction sites.

4. Think about your safety everywhere you go – be alert and don’t assume you are always safe. Avoid situations that could put you in danger.

5. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, then leave.

6. Be aware that wearing earphones connected to electronic devices while walking can distract you and make you less able to sense potential danger.  

Students, staff and faculty may also use the C.A.R.E. (Campus Alliance for a Risk-free Environment) free escort program.  Call (415) 338-7200 to arrange for an escort.  C.A.R.E. escorts are trained and supervised by the UPD. They are available from 4:30pm-11:30pm M-F. UPD Officers are available when C.A.R.E. members are not on duty. 

Please contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-7200 or visit our website at for additional information.


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