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

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

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: