University Expectations and Practices

  • Student records are private: Though staff can discuss generally how situations are handled without the student's permission, we cannot discuss specifics (academic or non-academic issues). Student privacy rights are mandated by state and federal law and interpreted by the Office of General Counsel of the University of California.
  • Behavioral expectations: Policy violations are addressed. Serious violations and/or continued violation of policy results in a student judicial file. **Each year, on average 8 to 15 students lose their on-campus housing as a result of campus judicial action. Most are first-year students.
  • Safety: UCSC is a very safe campus, but we always encourage students to take safety precautions (i.e. don’t walk alone; let roommates and others know whereabouts; lock doors, etc.). The most common thefts are “crimes of opportunity” - when dorm rooms are left unlocked, computers are left unattended, bikes are unlocked, etc. Crime statistics can be found at the police department website.
  • Co-ed bathrooms: Students may request single-gender living arrangements (i.e. floors or apartments) but privacy is not a problem for most students in co-ed living.
  • Gender-Neutral Housing: Like many colleges and universities, UCSC offers a gender-neutral housing option. This option is ideal for students whose gender identification and/or gender expression varies from the standard paradigm. Open to any student sensitive to the concerns of transgender people and who wishes to create a positive, affirming living environment in conjunction with that community, gender-neutral housing celebrates the cultural experience of transgender, intersex, and questioning students and their allies. Students wishing to live in gender-neutral housing who do not self-select a roommate on their housing application will be assigned a roommate based on answers provided on the housing questionnaire.
  • Wildlife: walking through campus students will encounter deer, turkeys, raccoons, etc. Tell your student to leave them alone, do NOT feed them or approach them. 
  • Mountain lions: Refer to the mountain lion guidelines webpage for details. Pointers: do not hike alone, do try to appear larger, don’t approach mountain lions, fight back if attacked.