Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

***We anticipate significantly heavier rainfall this week than originally forecast. Students should be aware of dangerously high surf and high tide conditions and potential for some flooding and cliff erosion in areas near campus and in Isla Vista. Certain areas west of Goleta and east of Santa Barbara are at an increased risk of flooding and mud flows due to recent wildfires; exercise extreme caution if you live in or travel through these areas. Please see the safety information below. For up-to-date forecast information: (see announcements related to "SBA South Coast").***

Santa Barbara Rain and Safety Information
January 15, 2019

Dear Students,

Weather forecasts show rainfall for Santa Barbara County over the next week. The first storm is expected to start Friday afternoon (1/11/19). Given recent water rescues in the Isla Vista and Goleta Beach areas, we recommend caution, and encourage you to plan ahead and monitor official channels for up to date information.

University Emergency Alerts: Activate your UCSB Alerts System account ( and/or update the cell phone number to receive important information via text.

Santa Barbara County Storm Alerts & Resources: All UCSB community members are encouraged to sign up for Santa Barbara County alerts and to monitor the county preparedness website. For County updates and to sign up for Aware and Prepare emergency alerts, visit and/or Twitter at

Weather: National Weather Service

Road Conditions/Closures: Caltrans website at or Twitter at

Campus Emergency information: Will be posted on, if needed.

Safety Tips:
Please read the following tips to ensure your safety throughout the rainy season:

  • During rain and storms, stay out of the ocean, away from cliffs and beaches, and beach access areas. Unpredictable surf, waves, and high tides can be dangerous.
  • Do not walk underneath cliffs, due to danger of rock falls and slides.
  • Avoid flooded areas, when driving, biking, and walking. If your car stalls in a flooded area, evacuate the vehicle as soon as possible and do not attempt to move a stalled vehicle.
  • Do not swim in the ocean for three days following rain because of potentially high levels of contaminants and bacteria in the water.
  • Stay away from downed power lines, and do not attempt to remove any downed trees or branches.

Attention Isla Vista and Del Playa residents
: Rains and heavy surf can erode bluffs overhanging the beach.

  • Stay off of balconies and patios during heavy rain and storms.
  • Concerns about cliff erosion that may threaten the stability of a building in Isla Vista can be reported to Santa Barbara County Planning and Development, Building & Safety Division at (805) 568-3558.
  • Immediate concerns about your apartment/house or property (roof leaks, clogged rain gutters, flooding, unstable railings/pilings/supports, or cliff erosion) should be reported to your property owner or manager. University & Community Housing Services can assist you with communicating to your property provider or manager. 
  • Emergencies should be reported to 911.
  • In the event of any displacement of residents due to storm events, the County has agreements in place with the Red Cross to open up emergency shelters.

Stay safe,

Division of Student Affairs
University of California, Santa Barbara

UCSB Student Affairs Annual Report

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As valued community members and UCSB supporters, we invite you to take a look at our 2017-2018 Annual Report for UCSB’s Division of Student Affairs. Within our ongoing divisional assessment initiative, the report highlights this past year’s learning and operational outcomes and provides evidence of the immense impact of our widespread services across campus. As I enter my fourth year as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, I am thrilled to be a part of the continuous growth, spirit, and strength of the UCSB community. Across Student Affairs’ departments and programs, we are proud of the work we do each day and of our influence in the lives of the students we serve.

Margaret Klawunn
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Meet our 2018-2019 Goodspeed Intern, Berenice Lopez

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Learn more about her role in our office here!