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Students Can Help Create Real Change in Moonlit Safety Walk

Stars shine in the sky above buildings on a college campus
Matt Bates / University Photographer

The George Petersen Rose Garden at night on Thursday, July 14, 2022 in Chico, Calif. (Matt Bates/University Photographer/Chico State)

Chico State invites the campus and surrounding community to participate in a Moonlit Safety Walk on Tuesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. The event is being organized by the Associated Students (AS) Government Affairs and the Commissioner of Community Affairs. 

Participants will meet at the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Room 210. Burritos and refreshments will be served, followed by a safety briefing on campus precautions and measures in place, including the Blue Light Phones and Campus Connection Shuttle Service.

Shortly thereafter, participants will divide into guided groups to walk through campus as well as areas to the north of campus. Everyone will be provided with a map of their area and a clipboard to record the location and potential safety hazards they identify. University Police Department (UPD) officers will walk with the on-campus groups, testing Blue Light Phones along the way. After they finish, participants are encouraged to return to BMU Room 210 to debrief and discuss the hazards they came across.

Commissioner of Community Affairs Mujtaba Azan said the collective goal for Moonlit Safety Walk is to put forth the effort in improving the city, adding that this is a tangible way Chico State students can get involved in helping to create real change in the city and campus.

“We all can agree there needs to be improvements around the city—potholes and other construction hazards can affect students as all students either walk or drive to campus,” Azan said. “This will benefit the students as they can mitigate those hazards and improve the city.”

For more than a decade, participants of the Moonlit Safety Walk have helped identify areas of concern regarding safety issues and have helped with solutions to make improvements. Campus administrators, student government leaders, staff and faculty members, and students typically take part. 

Any identified safety concerns are entered into a database and reviewed by UPD, the Public Safety Advisory Committee, Facilities Management and Services, and other relevant campus departments. Any safety issues noted within the City of Chico’s jurisdiction are shared with city officials.

Safety walk participants are urged to wear closed-toed shoes during the event, and they will be provided with flashlights. For more information, please contact Director of Government Affairs Kendra Wright at

Those who require accommodation to participate in the Moonlit Safety Walk or who have questions about accessibility may contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.