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 2018-2019 Academic Year

USA TODAY: A fraternity hazing ritual killed our son. Now, we're making sense of his senseless death.


After our son was compelled to drink large quantities of alcohol by his fraternity brothers, he never woke up. But we did. Read more ...

Cal Poly ‘WITH US’ Research Center Launches Inaugural Upstander Week Campaign


SAN LUIS OBISPO –– WITH US—the National Network for Peer Accountability at Cal Poly today launched its inaugural Upstander Week campaign, a weeklong conversation with college communities to share knowledge and encourage action during dangerous, life-altering events. Read more ...

Cal Poly Center for Service in Action Launches Make-a-Difference Month


SAN LUIS OBISPO –– Cal Poly’s Center for Service in Action is designating the month of November as Make a Difference Month. Read more ...

KSBY: Cal Poly ranks second in California for student voter registration


Cal Poly has been pushing its students to register to vote. The university is participating in the Secretary of State’s Ballot Bowl Competition, a challenge between all the UC’s, CSU’s, community colleges and private institutions in California. Read more ...

KSBY: Cal Poly Greek Life organizations take steps to increase diversity and inclusion


Cal Poly says Greek Life organizations are working with Student Affairs and other organizations on campus to increase diversity, inclusion, and introduce more well-being education within Greek Life programs. Read more ...

Cal Poly Fraternities and Sororities Continue Efforts to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly fraternities and sororities are working closely with Student Affairs and others across campus in a continuing effort, begun last spring, to enhance diversity, inclusion and wellbeing education within the university’s Greek Life programs. Read more ...

Cal Poly Safer Program Joins Campus Health and Wellbeing


SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Cal Poly’s Safer program will transition from the Office of the Dean of Students to join Campus Health and Wellbeing starting Sept. 20, 2018. Read more ...

KEYT: Cal Poly Universities share 2019 Rose Parade float design


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Since 1949 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Pomona Universities have had a float in the Rose Parade. Read more ...

Cal Poly Research Center Launches Benchmark Survey on Student Health, Safety Issues


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — With Us — The National Network for Peer Accountability at Cal Poly has launched a new student benchmark survey today to help California public universities learn more about critical health and safety issues impacting students. Read more ...

KEYT: Cal Poly houses record number of students on campus for the 2018-19 academic year


Classes begin next week at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and this year, the school is breaking a record for the number of students living on campus. Read more ...

Cal Poly Week of Welcome Set for Sept. 16-23


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 5,500 freshmen and transfer students are expected to kick off Cal Poly’s 2018-19 academic year by participating in the university’s Week of Welcome — known as WOW — from Sunday to Sunday, Sept. 16-23. Read more ...

KEYT: New Northern Chumash-named Cal Poly dorms near completion


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Cal Poly is putting the finishing touches on its much-anticipated new housing complex. Read more ...

Cal Poly Seeks Volunteers for Program Aimed at Easing College Transition for Out-of-State Students


Cal Poly’s Local Connections program is seeking local residents with a desire to support out-of-state students and provide a home-away-from-home on the Central Coast. Read more ...

2017-2018 Academic Year

Cal Poly Appoints New Director for TRIO Achievers Program


Cal Poly Student Affairs has named alumna Ethny Stewart as director of the federally funded TRIO Achievers program. She assumed her new position in early June. Read More ...

Cal Poly Student Affairs Announces Gift Aimed at Eradicating Student Homelessness


Cal Poly Student Affairs has announced a multi-year gift by the family of an architectural engineering alumnus that aims to erase student homelessness. Read More ...

Cal Poly Student Affairs Names New Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellbeing


Cal Poly has named longtime healthcare administrator and medical professional Tina Hadaway-Mellis as its new assistant vice president for Student Affairs Health and Wellbeing. Read More ...

Upward Bound Project-Based Learning Program Returns this Summer to Cal Poly


Cal Poly’s TRIO Upward Bound will host its second annual project-based learning (PBL) program for local high school students, beginning June 18. Read More ...

Mustang Mile Raises Nearly $4,500 for Carson Starkey-Inspired Research Center at Cal Poly


Cal Poly’s seventh annual Mustang Mile event raised nearly $4,500 to support Aware Awake Alive, a national prevention program founded after the hazing and alcohol poisoning death of Cal Poly freshman Carson Starkey in 2008. Read More ...

Civil Rights Activist DeRay Mckesson to Speak at Take Back the Night Event May 29


DeRay Mckesson, a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice, will be the keynote speaker at Cal Poly’s annual Take Back the Night event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the University Union Plaza. Read More ...

Men and Masculinity Program to Host Manifest Exhibit May 22-25


Cal Poly’s Men and Masculinity program will host its annual Manifest exhibit from May 22 through 25 at the University Art Gallery. An opening reception is scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Read More ...

Cal Poly Campus Community Members, Groups to be Honored at Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony


Cal Poly’s Center for Leadership will recognize the largest class of students to complete its Emerging Leaders Series in a ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in Chumash Auditorium on campus. Read More ...

Cal Poly’s Campus Health and Wellbeing Hosting Second Annual Wellness Month


Cal Poly’s Campus Health and Wellbeing department will hold its second annual Wellness Month throughout May. Read More ...

Cal Poly to Co-Host Forum on Effects of and Policies Around Marijuana


Cal Poly’s Campus Health and Wellbeing department and San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health will co-host a marijuana forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Spanos Theatre. Read More ...

Cal Poly to Host Inaugural African-American Male Spring Summit


More than 50 middle and high school students from the Lompoc Unified School District will participate in the inaugural African-American Male Spring Summit on March 12 at Cal Poly. Read More ...

Cal Poly Receives $300,000 U.S. Department of Justice Campus Program Grant for Gender-Based Violence Prevention


Cal Poly has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to bolster the university’s gender-based violence support services. Read More ...

Cal Poly to Host March 1 Panel Discussion on Men’s Place in #MeToo Movement


Cal Poly campus leaders will participate in a March 1 panel discussion on engaging men in the #MeToo movement. The event is open to the public and will run 3:30 to 5 p.m. in University Union Room 220. Read More ...

Holocaust Survivor and Social Activist to Speak at Cal Poly


Cal Poly’s Center for Service in Action will host Holocaust survivor and social activist Ben Stern as the keynote speaker for the 16th Annual Change the Status Quo: A Social Justice Conference, set for Feb. 16-17. Read More ...

Cal Poly Student Affairs Staff Members Recognized by Industry Peers


A handful of Cal Poly Student Affairs staff members were chosen by the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Career Services Commission to receive its annual Innovation Award. Read More ...

Cal Poly Will Present ‘An Evening with Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger’ Nov. 30


Cal Poly will present “An Evening with Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Performing Arts Center, an event to benefit the university’s Center for Leadership. Read More ...

2016-2017 Academic Year

Cal Poly Student Affairs Names New Diversity and Inclusion Officer


Cal Poly has appointed Jamie Patton, a longtime higher education administrator known for supporting student success, as the university’s new assistant vice president for Student Affairs — Diversity and Inclusion. Read More ...

Students, Campus Organizations Recognized at Second Annual LEAD Awards


More than 150 students and 10 university organizations were recognized for their leadership and service efforts during the second annual Leadership and Engagement Achievements of Distinction (LEAD) Awards, held May 22 at Chumash Auditorium. Read More ...

Cal Poly Names New Student Housing Community in Honor of Northern Chumash Tribe


Cal Poly has named its new student housing community yakʔitʸutʸu, in honor of the Northern Chumash tribe of San Luis Obispo. Read More ...

Cal Poly Establishes Multi-faith Prayer, Meditation Space at Kennedy Library


Cal Poly’s new Inclusive Prayer and Meditation Room in the Kennedy Library provides students, faculty and staff a dedicated non-denominational space to engage in meditation and faith-based practices. Read More ...

Cal Poly Center for Service in Action Receives National Make a Difference Day Award


Cal Poly’s Center for Service in Action recently received a 2017 Make a Difference Day national award and, in turn, selected El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) in Atascadero as the recipient of a $10,000 award donation. Read More ...

Greek Life Councils Win Multiple Awards at National Conference


Cal Poly’s Greek organizations recently won multiple nationally recognized awards at the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference. Read More ...

Cal Poly Student Affairs Among Most Promising Places to Work in 2017


Cal Poly, recognized as a leader in workplace diversity, staffing practices and work environment, is among the 2017 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs. Read More ...

Student Affairs plans to open DREAM Center


Cal Poly Student Affairs plans to open a DREAM Center to serve as a safe and welcome environment for undocumented students and allies to find resources, receive support and foster a community. Read More ...

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Cal Poly Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Help Disadvantaged Students Get to College


The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a five-year, $1.2 million grant to Cal Poly Student Affairs to help junior high and high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Read More ...

2015-2016 Academic Year

Cal Poly Announces Keynote Speakers for Spring Commencement Ceremonies June 11 and 12


Former Secretary of Defense and Central Coast Congressman Leon Panetta, and Margaret Fortune, the leader of a network of charter schools in Northern and Southern California helping young people from disadvantaged families attend college, will deliver keynote addresses at three spring 2016 commencement ceremonies June 11 and 12 at Cal Poly. Read More ...

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Cal Poly fraternity and sorority leaders win top awards at a national conference


Students and staff from Cal Poly’s Fraternity and Sorority Life department, a division of Student Affairs, received multiple awards at the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference in April. Read More ...

Jo Campbell steps in as director of University Housing and assistant vice president of student affairs


This summer, Jo Campbell will be leading University Housing and working with Student Affairs as the new director of University Housing and assistant vice president of student affairs. Read More ...

Cal Poly Announces 35-Year Higher Education Veteran as New Executive Director of University Housing


Cal Poly announces the appointment of Jo Campbell — a 35-year veteran of higher education leadership, inclusive practices and administration — as the university’s new assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of university housing. Read More ...

California Polytechnic State University Chapter of Delta Tau Delta receives award at division conference


The Kappa Delta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta at California Polytechnic State University has been honored with an award for outstanding community service based on community service hours, contributions to JDRF through the Fraternity’s philanthropic partnership and unique programming related to community service. Read More ...

Cal Poly Announces 25-Year Higher Education Veteran as New Dean of Students


Cal Poly has announced the appointment of Kathleen N. McMahon, Ed.D — a 25-year veteran of higher education teaching and administration — as the university’s new assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Read More ...

2014-2015 Academic Year

Media Statement regarding the March 7th / St. Fratty's Day party


Cal Poly continues to work to identify and hold accountable those responsible for the March 7 St. Fratty’s Day party. Read More ...

An Important Message About the Campus Climate Survey


Vice President for Student Affairs, Keith Humphrey, and Executive Director for University Diversity and Inclusively, Annie Holmes , share an important message about the campus climate survey results. Watch video ...

Cal Poly Welcomes new, returning students, faculty and staff


President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Humphrey, and ASI President Joi Sullivan welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff to the new academic year. Watch video ...

Their Lips are Sealed. Safer coordinators start new year with fully confidential counseling


Safer, Cal Poly's on-campus sexual violence resource center, now offers completely confidential counseling to survivors of sexual assault. Read More ...

A look behind the scenes of WOW


Week of Welcome, also known as WOW, provides students with a fun and memorable experience to help new students adjust to college. Read More ...

2013-2014 Academic Year

‘We understand the sacrifice’: Cal Poly VP and SLO mayor’s pre-graduation request of downtown bars


In a letter sent April 16, Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey and San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx ask bars to stop serving alcohol before 9 a.m. on the days of spring graduation. Read More ...

Student Affairs to take leadership role in changing Campus Dining


As part of an effort to make Cal Poly more residential and accommodate the growing number of students living on campus, the Cal Poly Student Affairs Division will begin to play a major role in directing Campus Dining. Read More ...

Humphrey: New housing part of goal to bring all freshmen, sophomores on campus


President Jeffrey Armstrong announced today in an email to students that Cal Poly will continue with the student housing project at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus. Read More ...

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