Emergency Telephone Services
UCSC provides various methods for Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests to get help in emergency situations. To report an emergency, dial 911 from any campus, public or cell phone or use one of the blue light emergency phones.
Calling 911 From a Campus Telephone
To report an emergency, dial 911 from any campus, public or cell phone or use one of the blue light emergency phones. 911 systems identify the physical address of the caller so that emergency responders can be dispatched without the caller needing to provide an address.
Calling 911 From a Cell Phone at UCSC
Many 911 calls made from cell phones on campus will go to campus dispatch, but some may still go to CHP depending on the cell phone provider. If you do reach CHP, please be sure to inform the operator that the emergency is at a UCSC campus location and the operator will contact campus dispatch. As an alternative, you can dial (831) 459-2345 to reach campus dispatch directly in an emergency.
Please visit the Federal Communication Commission's 911 Services web page for more information about how the 911 systems work.
Blue Light and Elevator Phones
There are 60 blue light emergency phones currently in place on campus in high traffic areas such as parking lots, bus stops and common areas. There are three different types of such phones in use, however, all can be identified by the blue light located on or near each unit. These lights are automatically lit after dark and, on the new tower-style units, flash when in use.
Blue light emergency phone location map (PDF)