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: Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor of Administration
  • Project Leadership: Khira Grisgavage, Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff to the Chancellor; Chief Yoganda Pittman, 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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Overall Program Status

Learn more about how we define Project Health and Project Phase. 

Program Projects

Sponsoring DepartmentProgram/Project NameStart DateTarget Completion DatePhaseOverall Health
UC Police Department (UCPD) New Non-Sworn Safety Role Project 6/1/23 8/30/24 Build & Manage Project Status is AT RISK
UC Police Department (UCPD) UCOP VUE Uniform Recommendation Project 8/1/22 8/30/24 Build & Manage Project Status is AT RISK