UCSB Police Department

Timely Warning

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:15pm

UC Santa Barbara

University of California Police                     Aggravated Assault Report

This email is being sent to the campus community as a Timely Warning regarding a pattern of crimes that occurred at fraternity events in Isla Vista. The following is provided for your personal safety.

On October 17, 2019 the UCSB Clery Coordinator received a report of two incidents of the use of incapacitating agents (“date rape drugs”) at a fraternity event in Isla Vista on October 5, 2019. The use of these drugs is considered an aggravated assault, per the Clery Act. The Clery Coordinator has received information that additional incidents may have occurred at other fraternity events in Isla Vista. We are working with university stakeholders to gather more information about these incidents.

If you have information that might assist in the investigation or have information about similar incidents, please contact the UCSB Police Department at (805) 893-3446, or report crime information anonymously at www.police.ucsb.edu/contact-us/report-crime.

UCPD reminds the campus community of the following safety tips and resources:
Safety Tips
  • If you start to feel concerns about a person or a situation, trust your instincts and try to remove yourself as quickly as possible from the potential threat.
  • Alcohol is frequently used to facilitate sexual violence by reducing a person’s ability to respond effectively, impairing memory, and increasing feelings of self-doubt or blame. When drinking, consider your surroundings, be aware of personal limits, and look after friends who appear to be intoxicated.   
  • Never accept a drink from an unknown source or leave a drink unattended.
  • If you start to feel ill or disoriented, seek help from friends or contact emergency services for help.
  • If you are going out alone, make sure that someone knows where you are going, who you will be with, and when you expect to return. 
  • Perpetrators are responsible for crimes. Crime victims are never responsible for the behavior of perpetrators. 
  • If you see someone who appears disoriented or unable to care for themselves, you should consider it an emergency and act to support that person. You can call the police or ask for help from other people, intervene directly if safe, or create a distraction to help remove the potential victim from the situation. 


  • The UCSB CARE office provides confidential support and advocacy to students who have experienced sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking. Call 805-893-4613 any time (24/7) for confidential help. CARE website: wgse.sa.ucsb.edu/care.
  • Information about UCSB’s policies and support resources for sexual violence can be found at: sexualviolence.ucsb.edu
  • The UCSB Police Department’s CSO Safety Escort Program is a free service provided to members of the UCSB community as a safe alternative to walking alone at night. Call 805-893-2000 to request a CSO escort. 
**UCPD encourages printing and posting of this Timely Warning for further community notification.**
In compliance with the Clery Act, Timely Warnings are issued by the UCSB Police Department when certain (Clery Act) crimes occurring on campus property, properties controlled by campus-affiliated organizations, or public property immediately adjacent to campus are determined to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. Timely Warnings are intended to prevent similar crimes and to provide information that will assist community members in protecting themselves.