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University Police respond to library evacuation controversy

Chief John Reid of University Police. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Kimberly Morales

November 20, 2019

Student safety has been in the public eye, with two incidents involving a sudden, improvised evacuation in the Meriam Library and a suspicious message carved into the wall of a bathroom in the library.While both cases were deemed non-threats, students have been criticizing the communication Chico Sta...

Chico State explains evacuation and safety plans

Angelina Mendez

November 10, 2019

On Tuesday, photos surfaced on social media showing that the phrase “There Shooting Wednesday” was scribbled on the wall of a bathroom stall in Meriam Library.Students were confused and began to panic on social media, partially because of the lack of confirmation of whether or not a shootin...

National safety organization ranks Chico State 164 out of 243 college campuses

While Chico State ranks low on's list of safe universities, University Police Chief John Reid said this number is deceiving. Reid said that part of the reason Chico State may be ranked low is that there have been more reported crimes in recent years which he sees as a good thing as more people are trusting police and coming forward with reports.

Mathew Miranda

May 2, 2018

According to a list created by, Chico State ranks as the 164th safest college campus in the nation., a national council for home safety and security, created a list called of Safest College Campuses in America for 2018. The group used the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the Campus Safety Securit...

Not Anymore deemed helpful yet repetitive

Title IX Coordinator Dylan Saake doesn't believe Not Anymore will solve the issue of sexual violence, but he does think it can be a useful resource for many students. Photo credit: Maria Ramirez

Kelsi Sibert

March 14, 2018

Each year, students at Chico State are required to participate in an online or in-person "inner personal violence awareness and prevention program."Not Anymore is designed to make sure that all students have an understanding of Title IX issues such as sexual assault, dating domestic violence and stalking.Title...

Preparing for a university shooting

Chico State's Director of Environmental Health and Safety Marvin Pratt believes daily self-awareness is key to preparing for a school shooting. Photo credit: Grayson Boyer

Grayson Boyer

February 12, 2018

The increase in university shootings has made preparedness for potential threats extremely important to college administrations, and Chico State is no different. According to Chico State's Director of Environmental Health and Safety Marvin Pratt, "One of our biggest challenges for this office is to...

Daylight attacks shine light on student safety

Map of Emergency Blue Lights located on campus. Photo credit: University Police

Kaley Wise

November 8, 2016

When Chico State senior Lauren Dormer was walking home from her child development class at 10:45 a.m., the last thing she expected was to be grabbed, harassed and followed home.“I pretended to call the police and he sprinted the other way. I arrived home feeling pretty shaken up," Dormer said. "I ...

Associated Student officers talk diversity, safety with Pres. Hutchinson

Vu Nguyen, Associated Students Executive Vice President Photo credit: Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan

September 14, 2016

As a part of her 100-day listening tour, President Gayle Hutchinson met with Associated Students officers today to address diversity and safety on campus. With the data collected from the diversity survey and focus groups, AS officers are creating actionable steps to address issues raised by students. “We...

BlueLight application guides students home safely

BlueLight application guides students home safely

Katelyn Martin

September 11, 2015

Students now have applications for everything: messaging, banking and fittness trackers. Now, students are using applications for their personal safety as well. BlueLight is a new application which focuses on getting students home safely. It is able to route calls to the closest responder by using the user...

Incoming A.S. president lays out vision, priorities

Senior Deanna Jarquin was elected the next academic year's Associated Students president by a margin of 170 votes. Photo credit: George Johnston

Kristina Martinez

April 22, 2015

Deanna Jarquin was named next year's Chico State Associated Students president on Thursday by a margin of 170 votes. Jarquin is a senior double majoring in psychology and women's studies. In the past, Jarquin has had experience interning at the Gender & Sexuality Equity Center and has worked at...

Emergency blue lights need replacement

Illustration by Rachel Dugo

Megan Mann

November 30, 2014

It was a dark and stormy night. I'd just arrived at the north-campus parking lot after going to the immediate care clinic here in town. I had bronchitis and didn't feel safe walking back to Whitney Hall alone on the poorly lit path. So, I decided to do what everyone moving into the dorms was ...

Campus sticks with Blue Light Phones

Infographic courtesy of Chico State

Robert Engels

November 12, 2014

Some college campuses are getting rid of their Emergency Blue Light phones in favor of smart phone safety apps, but Chico State isn't planning on making the switch. UC Davis is one of the colleges that are moving away from the Emergency Blue Light phones in favor of new technology. Recently, a variety ...

The Orion Wants to Hear from You: Student Safety

February 10, 2014

Two sexually aggressive acts have taken place within the last two weeks. Student Escapes Attempted Kidnapping (2/7/2014): Student Attached outside of Holt Hall (1/31/2014) We want to hear from you: 1)How can...

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