The UCM Police and Public Safety Department is devoted to promoting and sustaining a campus life that is safe and secure for all students, staff, faculty, and the Merced Community.
One of the programs offered by this specific department is the Community Service Officer Program (CSO). CSO was started in the fall of 2005 to help assist the public safety department and offers services such as: safety escorts, lost and found, patrolling duties during special events, and bike and electronics registration.
For those students who are more interested in the role of police officers and the community, the UCM Police and Public Safety Department offers Citizen Academy and UCMPD Mentor Programs. Citizen Academy is a free ten-week program that is open to students who are interested in learning about the UC Merced Police Department and law enforcement. While UCMPD Mentor Program allows UCM students to help guide fourth grade students in learning discipline, respect, responsibility, and accountability.
For students interested in learning about defense or helping others who have been through a trauma situation, the department also offers Rape Aggression Defense Program (RAD), Services to Survivors, and Violence Prevention Program (VPP). RAD is a series of offered classes taught by certified RAD instructors to teach women how to defend themselves through self-defense techniques. Services to Survivors offers services such as counseling and psychological services to crime victims, whether they are survivors of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, identity theft, and so forth. VPP is a program designated to teach students how to respond to and prevent violence, and how to help a survivor of sexual violence by providing emotional support and advocacy. Sexual violence can include stalking and dating/domestic violence.
Another department on campus is the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center, which is home to the campus’ recreation center and the Student Health Center.
The Student Health Center offers students clinical services such as laboratory testing, prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, immunization and flu shots, massage therapy, and health advice.
The Recreation Center strives to offer students a variety of options for keeping fit. From various cardio and fitness equipment, sports teams, fitness classes such as cardio, Zumba, and yoga, as well as outdoor adventure trips to Yosemite National Park planned year-round, fellow bobcats can find fun ways to stay fit and burn calories.
The Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Commons (DC) is dedicated to providing diverse menu options for the campus community. The DC’s multiple platform cooking stations include: the Blue Plate, Caliente, Field of Greens and Deli Bar, Grab N Go, Kung Pow, Paisano’s, and the Grill. Students have the option of choosing from the traditional baked chicken, burgers, mashed potatoes, salad, sandwiches, rice/noodles, smoothies, espresso drinks, or pre-packaged foods to the authentic mouth watering quesadillas, egg rolls, and pizza.
As a whole, UCM provides a variety of service departments to assist and fulfill students on the campus and in the community.