September 14, 2016
Members of the Cal State San Marcos Community:
Cal State San Marcos and the University Police Department are committed to providing a safe and welcoming campus for everyone. We want every member of our community to know that it is safe to interact with and seek assistance from the University Police Department, no matter who you are and no matter how you self-identify.
The primary jurisdiction for the enforcement of federal immigration laws concerning unlawful entry into the United States rests with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), not with the University Police Department (UPD) or other local law enforcement agencies. Individuals will not be contacted, detained, questioned or arrested by UPD solely on the basis of being or suspected of being undocumented. University Police will not enter into agreements with state or local law enforcement agencies, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or any other federal agency for the enforcement of federal immigration law, except as consistent with California Government Code 7282 or as required by law. University Police will not honor ICE immigration hold requests, unless doing so is consistent with California Government Code 7282 or as required by law. The University Police Department does not conduct sweeps or other efforts to detain suspected undocumented members of the community, unless immigration status is relevant to another criminal offense or investigation (e.g. harboring, smuggling, terrorism).
It is our hope that by clarifying our University Police departmental policy, all members of our campus community will feel confident in knowing that the University Police Department is a partner in creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.
Interim Chief of Police
Lorena Checa, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs