Safety & Security

Woodbury ensures that its community remains a safe environment for everyone

Security operates 24 hours a day, everyday and can be reached on the Burbank campus at (818) 252-5208 and on the San Diego campus at (619) 693-4405  OR (619) 633-9895

If you see something, say something! Please report any suspicious activity immediately. 

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Campus Security Officers

Security Officers are on campus to protect people and property, and to provide assistance whenever it is necessary. Campus Security Officers on our Burbank campus work closely with the Burbank Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department (Foothill Division). The Security Officers on our San Diego campus work closely with the San Diego Police Department. Campus Security Officers do not carry firearms and have the authority to make citizens arrests, just like everyone else.

Our main entrance is staffed 24/7 with a security officer who screens and verifies all vehicles. At night, our security officers conduct patrols throughout the campus in conjunction with monitoring an extensive CCTV system.

At the start of the fall 2019 semester, the university installed access control ID Card readers in our Architecture and Media, Culture & Design buildings. The access control system requires members of our community to present their ID Card to the proximity reader on each door to gain access.

Guests are required to present proper identification and follow any directive given by a Campus Security Officer. Campus Security Officers are all First Aid/CPR certified and provide many peace-keeping functions for Woodbury University, such as:

  • Campus safety inspections
  • Monitor CCTV
  • Security of campus buildings
  • Campus safety escorts to/from class, the library, your vehicle, and/or your residence hall
  • Crowd control at campus events
  • Traffic and parking enforcement
  • Maintains a daily log of security and safety activities
  • Answers calls for service and emergencies
  • Oversee opening and closing procedures for all doors and buildings
  • Observes and maintains a visible presence in the Woodbury University community
  • Conduct Identification checks of all students, faculty, and staff at any time
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Staying safe on campus

Woodbury is a small, closely-knit community and we all play an important role in helping to make sure that our campuses remains safe and secure for everyone. While both of our campuses are located is extremely safe, residential areas of Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, everyone should take reasonable precautions in order to make themselves less vulnerable to crime.

Woodbury’s security team aims to build a culture of situational awareness and emergency preparedness. Throughout each semester, our campus participates in emergency training, including violence survival techniques and The Great California Shakeout. Violence survival techniques includes active shooter training that aims to change the way people react to an active shooter and instructs individuals how to respond to such events. The Great California Shakeout is part of a worldwide drill that Woodbury participates in that educates our community about how to prepare to survive and recover quickly from large earthquakes.

The Campus Security Department is launching a Campus Safety Committee that will allow our department to interact with our community and provide valuable resources on emergency preparedness. The Committee allows dialogue to take place between security officials and other members of our community so we can work together during an emergency and listen to concerns. We believe in building a strong relationship with every student, faculty, and staff member so we can maintain our culture of situational awareness and emergency preparedness.


Here are some tips to help keep our community safe:

  • Wherever you are, stay alert and in tune with your surroundings
  • Never leave your personal property unattended, even if you’re going to be gone for a short time
  • Always lock your car. Thefts often occur when individuals are away from their car for just a few minutes
  • Remember to place valuables under your seat, in your trunk, or somewhere else out of sight
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of emergency telephones, first-aid kits, and fire extinguishers. Phones are located in every office and classroom
  • Stick to well-lit and busy areas. Stay on the part of the sidewalk that is farthest away from shrubs or dark doorways
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing
  • Follow your instincts. If you’re walking on campus and just have a strange feeling that something’s wrong, then something may be wrong. Change directions to a well-traveled, well-lit area and contact campus security
  • Always have emergency contacts on you or in your phone
  • Let people know where you’re going
  • Report any suspicious activity to security by CALLING X5208 (In Burbank) or X4405 (In San Diego)

How to report an emergency

Call Security on the Burbank campus at (818) 252-5208, on the San Diego campus at (619) 693-4405, or call 911.

  • Your name and location
  • Phone number from where the call is being made
  • Type of emergency:
    • Medical
    • Fire
    • Criminal Act
    • Bomb Threat
    • Natural Disaster
  • Other important information
    • Number and condition of victims
    • Location and extent of situation, hazard, fire, etc.
    • Involvement of Hazardous Materials (as available, give product name and/or describe any markings, labels, or placards).
  • What is needed (chief complaint)

DO NOT HANG UP FIRST. Let security and emergency personnel hang up first. After the call, security will direct Emergency Response personnel to the scene of the emergency. It is important to contact Security immediately if you call 911 first.

Familiarize yourself with the locations of all manual pull stations in your areas so that in the event of an emergency everyone can evacuate safely. Time is of the essence during a fire or emergency and navigating your way to your closest pull station will potentially help save lives.

When there are visible flames, visible smoke, smell of smoke, unusual heat, or other indications of fire – even if uncertain if the conditions are caused by a fire – students, staff, and faculty shall activate the manual pull stations and dial X5208 (or X4405 in San Diego) to alert Security.

Activating the fire alarm system through the manual pull station will produce a sound loud enough for everyone to hear and evacuate. Ensure that you only utilize the pull station in the event of an emergency that requires everyone to evacuate. A wide variety of emergencies both man-made and natural, may require Woodbury University to be evacuated. These emergencies include – fires, explosions, floods, earthquakes, toxic material releases, radiological and biological accidents, civil disturbances and workplace violence.

Safety in the Residence Halls

While Woodbury’s Residence Halls after a very safe living environment for our students, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Always lock the door to your room when leaving, even if it’s only for a minute. A minute is all it takes for someone to enter your room and steal something or to wait inside for your return.
  • Always sleep with your door locked. If you live on the ground floor, lock your windows too.
  • Never prop open a self-locking door for your convenience or to let in your guests.
  • Don’t loan your keys to anyone. Losing your keys will not only result in a hefty fine, but presents a potential security risk for everyone in your building. If you do lose your keys, notify a Residence Life Staff member immediately.
  • Mark your stereo equipment, TV, bicycle, computer, and other valuable items with your driver’s license number. The Los Angeles Police Department can give you more information on how to mark your valuables by calling their Community Relations Office at (818) 756-8866.

 

Even in the most secure environment, the possibility of criminal behavior still exists. Woodbury periodically reviews its policies and procedures to make sure that the campus remains as safe as possible. Programs to raise awareness about campus security issues and procedures are held during orientation, and with students living on campus throughout the academic year.

In the event of an emergency or a criminal activity in progress, in the Residence Halls or elsewhere on campus, the following actions are recommended:

Call 911 or the local police department for emergencies.
Notify campus security at ext. 5208.

If the suspicious behavior is witnessed in or near one of the Residence Halls, please notify the residence life staff person on duty as well as Security.

 

You can learn more about Woodbury’s Residence Halls by visiting the Student Housing page

Emergency Preparedness

While Woodbury has security infrastructure and protocols in place, individual community members are the most valuable tool in keeping the university safe.

During an emergency, it is essential that each person is prepared. Emergencies include but are not limited to: Earthquakes, fires, floods, active shooters, power outage, terrorism, etc. Since emergencies can happen at any time, without warning, proper preparation can help save your life.

Visit https://www.ready.gov/ for information on how to plan for disasters

During an emergency it is important to have a kit with emergency supplies. During larger emergencies, local authorities will have a harder time responding and you may be on your own for a couple of days. Ensure your kit has the following items:

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

If you need to evacuate your home, ensure you prepare these 6 P’s:

  • People & Pets
  • Papers (important documents)
  • Prescriptions
  • Photos
  • PC Hard Drives & Disks
  • Plastic (credit/ATM Cards and cash

These items are recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time. You can also visit Red Cross online for further preparedness information.

FEMA Emergency Supply List

In 2012 the United States launched Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).  The WEA system has been used more than 40,000 times to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations – all through alerts on compatible cell phones and other mobile devices. WEA is a public safety system that allows customers who own certain wireless phones and other compatible mobile devices to receive geographically-targeted, text-like messages alerting them of imminent threats to safety in their area. WEA’s do not require any action and are automatically sent to your mobile phone.

We highly encourage community members to sign up for emergency alerts for your area. These alerts are provided by local authorities and require you to sign up. There are three local services you can sign up for:

Alert LA County
NotifyLA
Burbank Community Alert

In the event of an emergency that requires an evacuation, please cooperate and listen to instructions from Campus and emergency officials. If a fire alarm is activated please evacuate in a safe and orderly fashion. Treat all fire alarms seriously and do not assume it is a test. Campus officials may also give the order to evacuate via the Emergency Broadcast System through the Woodbury phone system. Texts and emails may also be utilized to notify of an evacuation. Anyone who refuses to evacuate is subject to conduct and fine violations. Please see below for all evacuation zones. Depending on the emergency, alternate evacuation zones will be utilized and determined by the emergency coordinator.

Evaculation zone map

Parking Information

Here’s what you need to know about parking your vehicle at Woodbury.

For the safety and convenience of all members of the Woodbury University community, university parking regulations are in effect and enforced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All motor vehicles operated by students must be registered with the Business Office and must display a current, valid parking permit regardless of the student’s place of residence or academic program. Motorcycle operators and drivers with handicap placards/license plates must register their vehicles, display a current parking permit, and park in the proper parking spaces on campus. Failure to register a vehicle and purchase a parking permit will result in denied entry to parking lots or citation and fine.

Woodbury University has approximately one parking space for every three registered vehicles. Accordingly, possession of a parking permit only provides drivers the opportunity to look for a parking space on campus –- it does not guarantee that a space will be available. All vehicles driven or parked on campus must be covered by liability and property damage insurance in accordance with the California Vehicle Code. The registered operator of a motor vehicle is responsible for its operation on campus at all times. The university assumes no responsibility for the care or protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time, including the time when it is parked in designated university parking areas.

The San Diego campus is an urban campus located just south of downtown San Diego. It is accessible by public transportation and students are encouraged to use the trolley and/or the bus system. There are limited parking spaces available for student use at the San Diego campus. Students may load and unload materials curbside at the entrance of the building.

Complete the registration form by clicking on the button below. A temporary permit will be available to print after you complete the form so that you can park on campus until the permanent permit arrives in the mail.

Student parking permits cost $150 and are valid for one registered vehicle for one semester. Summer session parking permits cost $45. Parking permits for students who drive a motorcycle exclusively cost $35. Students who purchase permits in spring may continue to use those through summer at no extra charge. Students who operate more than one vehicle must purchase a separate parking permit for each vehicle.

Students who reside on campus may obtain a North Hall clicker from the Business Office. The Business office collects a $35 deposit for each clicker issued to students. The gate code is changed every year so clickers previously issued and not returned will not provide access to the campus through the Cabrini gate past the end of the academic year. To avoid interruption, please bring clicker to the Business Office in Miller Hall to have it re-programmed at the beginning of the academic year.

PARKING PERMIT

All vehicles are required to have a parking permit displayed at all times. Parking permits must be affixed to the driver’s side windshield, at the lower left hand corner. Visitor or day passes must be located on the vehicles dashboard at the lower left hand corner.  Visitor Day Parking Passes are for visitors or guests to the campus. The Day Pass is not for students or staff. Our Campus Security team enforces parking issues and writes citations to all students, staff and faculty 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Vehicle operators will be cited and fined for any of the following violations:

  • WUVC 100 – $40: Permit or permit numbers not visible.
  • WUVC 101 – $40: Permit improperly displayed
  • WUVC 102 – $40: Permit expired
  • WUVC 103 – $40: Parking in a no parking zone
  • WUVC 105 – $40: Parking in a reserved space
  • WUVC 107 – $40: Parking in an area not designated for parking
  • WUVC 108 – $40: Not parked within stall lines/double parked
  • WUVC 110 – $60: Blocking other vehicles, gates, driveways, walkways
  • WUVC 111 – $60: Exceeding the posted time in a loading/unloading zone
  • WUVC 200 – $100: Driving the wrong way on a one-way driveway
  • WUVC 201 – $100 Driving on lawns, sidewalks, and walkways
  • WUVC 202 – $100 Reckless driving/Failure to stop at a stop sign
  • WUVC 203 – $100 Exceeding speed limit
  • WUVC 204 – $100: Removing barricades/cones from reserved spaces
  • WUVC 300 – $125: Parking in a disabled space/blue zone without placard
  • WUVC 301 – $125: Parking in a fire lane/red zone
  • WUVC 302 – $150: Forged Permit
  • WUVC 999 – $125: Vehicle tow/Vehicle boot – immobilization

The speed limit on campus is 10 miles per hour. Vehicle use is limited to driveways and parking lots. Unsafe operation of vehicles, including reckless driving and driving the wrong way on one-way driveways, and failure to stop at a stop sign is prohibited and will result in citation and fine.

Stopping at all stop signs is a traffic safety measure. Please stop at all stop signs. Please stop at the Front Gate so that Campus Security can ensure that only authorized individuals are granted access to campus. The stop sign also serves as a transition point from the city street to the campus. There are many places on campus where pedestrian and vehicle traffic mingle. Please drive with safety and awareness.

All fines incurred are automatically charged to the violators account and may be paid by mailing a check to the business office or may pay upon receipt of financial statement from the business office. Financial holds may occur and students may be blocked from registering for subsequent term and denied transcript requests. An Incident Report may be filed for students who receive three or more parking citations within a term; such students will be subject to conduct sanctions.

Students are subject to conduct charges should they commit the following violations:

  • Duplicate, reproduce or alter valid parking permits
  • Create or generate illegal parking permits
  • Use or distribute any illegally obtained or illegally created parking permits
  • Receive three or more parking violations in one term
  • Commit moving violations

Violations can be appealed via the online site within seven calendar days of the citation being used. The Security Coordinator will adjudicate appeals. Please visit the Security office in Central Services. If you have any questions please call (818) 252-5250.

Notification of Violent Crimes

Students, faculty and staff are informed periodically about campus security procedures and crime-preventing behavior through the use of University publications and special memos. The Policy and Procedures Manual and the Emergency Procedures Handbook also provide security information to faculty and staff. In the event of a reported crime on campus, the University will provide the community a timely notice in an effort to prevent similar occurrences. Notices will be posted and distributed on campus.

The University cooperates with local police in the investigation of all reported crimes which occur on campus. The University follows federal, state, and local laws with respect to alcohol and drugs. In accordance with the Campus Security/Student Right To Know Act, the University records and publishes reports of the statistics in the Student Handbook.

Questions about the University’s security policies, crime statistics, or definitions of the above crimes may be forwarded to the Office of Student Development and Academic Success.

View our latest Campus Security and Fire Reports:

2018 Burbank Campus Report

2018 SAN DIEGO CAMPUS REPORT