UC Community Safety Plan

Program Overview

"As we continue to examine how our nation — and our institutions — can do more to live up to our highest values of fairness and justice, UC has been engaged in a systemwide effort to reimagine our approach to campus safety and security. Drawing on extensive input from campus safety task forces and a UC-wide symposia on safety and security, as well as feedback from students, faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders, we have developed a plan that I believe will help us meet this moment and build a university community that is safe and welcoming for all."

- Michael Drake, President, University of California

Program Details

Program Charter (Expand)

Problem Statement

Recent events in our streets and our courts have catalyzed a powerful examination of policing, race and systemic injustice in America. As an epicenter for social movements and research that serves the public good, the University of California has never shied away from challenging conversations about systems and practices that perpetuate racism, inequality or injustice.


  • Community and Service-Driven Safety
    • For campus safety policies and practices to reflect the needs and values of our diverse community and be in service to them.
  • A Holistic, Inclusive and Tiered Response Model for Safety Services
    • To define safety in its broadest terms, and include mental health, wellness, basic needs and bias/hate response as well as other services. Multidisciplinary teams will triage behavioral health crises, conduct wellness checks and safely connect individuals to coordinated care, including health and social support resources.
  • Transparency and Continuous Improvement Through Data
    • To collect and publicly share campus safety data on a UC-wide dashboard to empower the UC community and inform change.
  • Accountability and Independent Oversight
    • To establish independent police accountability boards, comprised of a broad cross-section of the UC community, will provide a robust complaint and investigation process to ensure that officers are acting consistently with rules, policies and the law.

Success Metrics

  • Success metrics to be defined by the University of California Office of the President
  • To implement the UC Community Safety Plan "actions" in the timeframe offered by the plan

Project Leaders

  • Sponsor: Khira Grisgavage, Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
  • Project Leadership: Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor of Administration; Margo Bennett, Berkeley UCPD Chief of Police; Martha Chavez, Associate Chief of Staff to the Chancellor; Bill Reichle, Chief of Staff to the VCA
  • Project Manager: Russ Ballati, Senior Project Manager, BPMO
  • Change Manager: Chris DeMarco, Senior Business Process Analyst, BPMO

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Program Projects

Project Project Health Project Phase

Campus Ambassador Safety Role Project 

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UCOP VUE Uniform Recommendation Project 

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Project Status

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Project Health Project Phase Target Completion Date
On Track Build and Implement 2/01/2024

Project Health: On Track

Recent Accomplishments

  • UCCSP Structure & Approach Established

Upcoming Milestones

  • December 2021: UCCSP Advisory Kick-Off Meeting - This meeting will establish the purpose and roles for the advisory and define guidance for assigning community members to partner with completing the guidelines and actions from the UCCSP

Prior Accomplishments

Project accomplishments from prior months are noted here.

Aug 2021
  • UC Community Safety Plan released by the Office of the President
  • Reviewed and received approval to proceed from the Cabinet

Risk/Issue History

Project risks and issues that have been resolved or closed are noted here. 

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Project Phase: Build and Implement

Risk/Issue Details

  • Type of Risk/Issue: Budget, Resource, Schedule
  • Description: The UC Community Safety Plan has come with near-term deadlines and no resources (people or funding) creating immediate risk to accomplishing the eleven 9/30 "Actions."
  • Mitigation Plan:
    • Define the Approach: Sponsor Team / Advisory / Guideline Owners / Action Leads
    • Recruit Team Members
    • Plan the Work for "Actions" due in 2021
    • Determine people and funding needs
    • Complete "Actions" due in 2021 (according to due dates)