A Message to the University Community

Sadly, we are once again mourning a horrific tragedy at a university. Northern Illinois University is now grappling with numerous casualties after a gunman attacked a class. As we grieve for their loss, this event is also a reminder that we must remain vigilant about doing all we can to prevent these tragedies. While this type of violence is rare, it is important to take a moment to consider our safety and well-being on this campus, and to review some of the efforts we have made to enhance school safety.


  • The University Police Department and its campus partners conduct regular emergency preparedness drills covering a range of circumstances with local public safety organizations, including the active shooter scenario with the Pomona Police Department.         
  • Cal Poly Pomona has a longstanding process for dealing with students-at-risk and workplace violence. Since the Virginia Tech tragedy, the campus has revised its process, resulting in improving rapid assessment and intervention when warning signs present themselves.         
  • Each building on campus has an emergency team. Each team will be receiving ongoing training this year with these threats in mind.           
  • Safety leaders are planning to work with Organizational Development to provide additional employee education and training, so that the campus community can understand how to spot potential problems and assist those in crisis.         


  • Our Public Affairs office is refining the process we would use to provide information to the campus community, parents and our surrounding communities should we have an emergency of this nature on campus.        
  • The university is close to contracting with a leading company providing an automated notification system. This technology will enable members of the campus community to simultaneously receive real-time notification of campus emergencies through text, voice and e-mail.        
  • Emergency information will continue to be available through the Emergency Hotline at (866) 869-POLY, the university home page, e-mail, voice mail and the electronic marquees.        

Beyond these measures, remember that we can each play an active role in maintaining personal and community safety.


  • While there is no one list of things to look for, if you believe someone could be in danger or a danger to others, it is better to report it. There are many avenues to discuss your concerns including with a supervisor, department chair, dean, or perhaps even Counseling & Psychological Services or the University Police Department.          
  • As you move about the campus each day, keep in mind the exits and other physical space issues related to your environment.          
  • When evacuation drills are held, pay attention and participate.          
  • When an emergency team member delivers instructions, take note of the procedure for the buildings you frequent or reside in.         
  • When the automated notification system is in place, know that any message you receive is truly an emergency, not a general announcement or spam.         
  • Ensure the university has your updated contact information. Your information can be conveniently updated online at BroncoDirect at https://broncodirect.cpp.edu. Once you log in look for the links to Update Personal Data.        


It is impossible to completely prevent tragedies and suffering. However, Cal Poly Pomona has worked diligently to prepare a rapid response during emergency situations. If you have additional ideas on how to keep Cal Poly Pomona a safe place to live, work and study, please e-mail me at president@cpp.edu.

Michael Ortiz