Timely Warnings and Bulletins

The Jeanne Clery Act requires that Sonoma State University issue a special crime alert, called a Timely Warning when certain crimes are committed on campus that are considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. The intent of a Timely Warning is to help others avoid becoming impacted by similar crimes.

While there are times when sending a notice to the community about crimes on campus may be necessary, Timely Warnings may only be issued for Clery crimes, including:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson

For a complete list of Clery crimes, please refer to the Annual Security Report.

As such, it may contain information of a graphic nature that could trigger emotional responses, in particular for victims/survivors of sexual assault/sexual violence. If you are a student and need emotional support, please contact Counseling & Psychological Services by calling (707) 664-2153 (including after business hours) or visiting their new building #17A located south of the Salazar Hall building. Advocacy services can be reached by all Sonoma State community members by calling the Confidential Sexual Assault Advocate, Susan Pulido, at (707) 696-9301.

Timely Warnings

July 2, 2022

TO: Campus Community

FR: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

RE: Crime Bulletin UPDATE: Indecent Exposure Incident in City of Rohnert Park

Dear Campus Community,

On June 27, 2022, a Crime Bulletin was issued to alert the community and seek assistance in identifying a suspect in an indecent exposure incident, which occurred in the City of Rohnert Park Copeland Creek path that morning.

On July 1, 2022, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety arrested a 16-year-old male for indecent exposure and sexual battery, without incident, after serving a search warrant at his residence.

The identification of the teen resulted after Sonoma State and Cotati Police Officers handled an unrelated call for service in the City of Cotati, and contacted a teen matching the description in the Crime Bulletin. This information was shared with the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety.

This investigation is a great example of the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, Sonoma State Police Department, and the Cotati Police Department working swiftly together to keep our communities safe.

If you know something: Anyone with information that might assist the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety with the investigation is urged to call them at 707-584-2600 or call the Sonoma State Police Department at 707-664-4444.

Support Resources: Counseling and Psychological Services are available for any student seeking support at 707-664-2153. A Confidential Advocate is also available at 707-664-2698. Our Employee Assistance Program, LifeMatters by Empathia, is available as a support resource for staff and faculty at 1-800-367-7474.

 

April 30, 2022

TO: Campus community

FR: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

Tyson Hill, Clery Compliance Office Director

RE: TIMELY WARNING CRIME BULLETIN: Sexual Assault (Case 22-76)

This Timely Warning Bulletin is being issued in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act and the purpose is to provide preventative information to the campus community to aid members from becoming the victim of a similar crime.

REPORTED CRIME:

The Sonoma State Police Department and the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) have received complaints against an individual for alleged sexual assault, including rape and fondling, occurring in private residences on campus.

The individual has been removed from campus in accordance with policy. Information identifying the individual is being withheld unless legal processes allow for the release of this information.

If you know something: Anyone with information that might assist with the ongoing investigation is urged to call Sonoma State Police Department at (707) 664-4444 and/or OPHD at (707) 664-4140.

Support Resources: Anyone impacted by interpersonal and/or sexual violence is encouraged to utilize campus resources:

Additional resources may also be available through the following local organizations:

  • YWCA Sonoma County is available as a support resource for students, staff and faculty.

    • Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline: (707) 546-1234

    • Other inquiries: (707) 546-9922

The Sonoma State University Police Department reminds the campus community of the following:

  • Immediately and promptly report any suspected crime, suspicious persons or activities on campus to the Sonoma State Police Department by calling 911 or the non-emergency line at 707-664-4444 or by utilizing one of the many Blue Light Phones on campus.

  • Call Sonoma State Police Department for an on-campus safety escort.

  • If you believe that you or someone else is in an unsafe situation, please do not delay calling 911.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Your actions may help prevent others from becoming victims.

  • If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, tell them to leave, avoid the person and/or leave the area.

None of the above reminders is in any way intended to imply that fault or responsibility for interpersonal or sexual violence lies with the survivor.

Affirmative consent is required for any type of sexual activity. The definition of affirmative consent means an informed, affirmative, conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Affirmative consent must be voluntary and given without coercion, force, threats or intimidation. Affirmative consent can be withdrawn or revoked at any time.

 

April 24, 2022

TO: Campus community

FR: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police and Tyson Hill, Clery Compliance Office Director

RE: TIMELY WARNING CRIME BULLETIN: Attempted motorcycle theft from Tuscany Village

This Timely Warning Bulletin is being issued in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act and the purpose is to provide preventative information to the campus community to aid members from becoming the victim of a similar crime.

REPORTED CRIME: The Sonoma State University Police Department is investigating the attempted theft of a motorcycle from the patio of a residence in Tuscany Village that occurred at approximately 2:25 a.m. today. A resident interrupted the suspect from stealing the motorcycle. Before leaving the area towards East Cotati Avenue and Petaluma Hill Road, the suspect threatened the resident.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 30-40 years of age, wearing a gray colored sweatshirt, a small two-strap backpack, a baseball cap or beanie, and a neck gaiter pulled up to his face.

If you know something: Anyone with information that might assist with this investigation is urged to call Sonoma State University Police at (707) 664-4444.

Sonoma State University Police would like to remind the campus community to:

  • Immediately and promptly report any suspected crime, suspicious persons, or activities on campus to University Police by calling 911 or the non-emergency line at 707-664-4444, or by utilizing one of the many Blue Light Phones on campus.

  • If you believe that you or someone else is in an unsafe situation, please do not delay calling 911 or seeking assistance from others.

  • Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions as an active bystander can help prevent crimes from occurring within our campus community.

  • Call Sonoma State University Police for an on-campus safety escort or walk with another person or group of people.

Crimes reportable under the Clery Act are defined on the Clery Compliance website.

Crime Bulletins

July 1, 2022

TO: Campus Community

FR: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

RE: Crime Bulletin: Scam Calls from someone impersonating a Sonoma County Sheriff's Employee

Dear Campus Community,

SCAM ADVISORY - We have received emails from staff and faculty reporting a scam telephone call from someone impersonating a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department Employee. The caller requests a phone call back in regards to a “civil matter” that must be handled immediately. Additionally, the caller “spoofed” the legitimate Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department phone number to gain the employees trust.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department is aware of these calls. They do not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations, fees, warrants or civil matters.

Scammers can disguise their phone numbers to appear to be from local law enforcement on your caller ID. If you receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be in law enforcement, please contact your local law enforcement agency to confirm the information you are given. Never provide your bank account, credit card or personal information to anyone on the phone when you receive these types of calls.

If you have received a call and are a victim of these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Sonoma State Police Department Non-Emergency line at (707) 664-4444.

 

June 27, 2022

TO: Campus Community

FR: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

RE: Crime Bulletin: City of Rohnert Park Indecent Exposure Incident

REPORTED CRIME: Community assistance is needed with identifying the suspect in an indecent exposure incident, which occurred in the City of Rohnert Park.

At 7 a.m. on the morning of Monday, June 27, a female community member reported to the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety and Sonoma State Police Department that while she was walking on the creek path in the area of Copeland Creek and Snyder Lane, an unknown male suspect on a black mountain bike approached her and made a lewd comment.

The suspect then got off his bicycle, and with his genitals exposed, began chasing the community member. The community member was able to hit the suspect with an object she was carrying, and the suspect fled southbound on Snyder Lane.

The community member described the suspect as Latino, 17 to 19 years old, heavy set, with dark hair and glasses. He was wearing a black colored sweatshirt with a hoodie and orange shorts with a smiley face design.

If you know something: Anyone with information that might assist the Rohnert Park Department with Public Safety with the investigation is urged to call them at 707-584-2600 or call the Sonoma State Police Department at 707-664-4444.

The Sonoma State Police Department reminds the community of the following safety tips:

  • Immediately and promptly report any suspected crime, suspicious persons, or activities on campus to University Police by calling 911 or the non-emergency line at 707-664-4444 or by utilizing one of the many Blue Light Phones on campus.
  • Call the Sonoma State Police Department for an on-campus safety escort.
  • If you believe that you or someone else is in an unsafe situation, please do not delay calling 911 or seeking assistance from others.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions as an active bystander can help prevent crimes from occurring within our campus community.

You are not at fault for any harm done to you. The above safety tips are not intended to imply otherwise.

Support Resources: Counseling and Psychological Services are available for any student seeking support at 707-664-2153. A Confidential Advocate is also available at 707-664-2698. Our Employee Assistance Program, LifeMatters by Empathia, is available as a support resource for staff and faculty at 1-800-367-7474.

Physical descriptions of a suspect or subject, including race or gender, are included only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect’s or subject’s appearance from the general population.

May 13, 2022

TO: Campus community

FR: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

RE: CRIME BULLETIN: Potential Hate Crime (case 22-95)

Warning: Individuals may find this information disturbing.


REPORTED CRIME: The Sonoma State University Police Department is investigating a potential hate crime and vandalism that was reported to us last evening.

University staff located a rope that was hanging in a classroom at Salazar Hall, fashioned as a noose. This is the second incident in two weeks (Case 22-86).

There is no suspect information at this time.

We do not know the motives of the individual(s) involved in this incident. Sonoma State University is committed to maintaining an inclusive and equitable community that values diversity and fosters mutual respect. Any act of bias or discrimination based upon a protected class is prohibited pursuant to the Interim CSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation.

If you know something: Anyone with information that might assist with the investigation is urged to call Sonoma State University Police at (707) 664-4444.

Support Resources: Anyone impacted by this incident is encouraged to utilize campus resources:

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination at (707) 664-4140.
The campus Confidential Victim Advocate at (707) 664-2698.
Counseling and Psychological Services are available for any student seeking support at (707) 664-2153.

Our Employee Assistance Program, LifeMatters by Empathia (password is: sonoma), is available as a support resource for staff and faculty at (800) 367-7474.

May 2, 2022


TO: Campus community
FR: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police
RE: CRIME BULLETIN: Potential Hate Crime and Vandalism (case 22-86)


REPORTED CRIME: The Sonoma State University Police Department is investigating a potential hate crime and vandalism that was reported to us this morning.

University staff located a barbecue grill that had been pushed into the pool. Attached to the barbecue grill was a rope, with the loose end of the rope fashioned into a noose and left hanging on the pool's accessibility lift.

There is no suspect information at this time.

We do not know the motives of the individual(s) involved in this incident. Sonoma State University is committed to maintaining an inclusive and equitable community that values diversity and fosters mutual respect. Any act of bias or discrimination based upon a protected class is prohibited pursuant to the Interim CSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation.

If you know something: Anyone with information that might assist with the investigation is urged to call Sonoma State University Police at (707) 664-4444.

Support Resources: Anyone impacted by this incident is encouraged to utilize campus resources:

 

Community Information

July 28, 2022

TO: Sonoma State Campus Community

FR: Evan Ferguson, Chief Technology Officer; Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

RE: Resolved -- Campus 911 Emergency Service Disruption

Campus Community,

As communicated last week, Sonoma State University was experiencing a technical service disruption with our 911 emergency service. This issue has been resolved through the efforts of our IT Department and AT&T technicians. 911 calls can now be successfully completed to include proper location information.

Regardless, it is always prudent to provide as much information as possible to dispatchers when reporting an emergency.

Non-emergency calls for service may be made by dialing 707.664.4444.

 

 

July 21, 2022

TO: Sonoma State Campus Community

FR: Evan Ferguson, Chief Technology Officer; Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

RE: Campus 911 Emergency Temporary Service Disruption

Campus Community,

As communicated last week, Sonoma State is experiencing a technical service disruption with our campus 911 emergency service. AT&T technicians are continuing to work with members of Information Technology as diligently as possible to resolve this issue.

As a reminder, 911 calls received by our Dispatch Center may not provide a caller’s location. When dialing 911 or using an Emergency Blue Light Phone to report an emergency during this temporary disruption, callers must provide their precise location they are calling from so that the appropriate resources may be dispatched.

Non-emergency calls for service may be made by dialing 707.664.4444.

The campus community will be updated once this temporary disruption is resolved.

 

 

July 15, 2022


TO: Sonoma State Campus Community

FR: David Chun, Associate Vice President for Information Technology; Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

RE: Campus 911 Emergency Temporary Service Disruption

Campus Community,

Sonoma State is experiencing a technical service disruption with our campus 911 emergency system. Although 911 calls are received by our Dispatch Center, a caller’s location may not appear properly.

An AT&T technician is on campus and is actively working with members of the Information Technology Department to resolve the issue.

When dialing 911 or using an Emergency Blue Light Phone to report an emergency during this temporary disruption, callers must provide the precise location they are calling from so that the appropriate resources may be dispatched.

Non-emergency calls for service may be made by dialing 707.664.4444.

The campus community will be alerted once this temporary disruption is resolved.