Emergency Preparedness: Fremont Hall

Safety First 

Please stay clear of Fremont Hall and the adjacent hillside. The slide area is moving and poses extreme danger.  Thank you.  

Note to our community

University Housing thanks all residents for welcoming Fremont Hall students into your living communities. We know this situation is an unexpected part of your Cal Poly experience and appreciate your continued flexibility.

If we can assist you in any way, please contact your RA, CSD, or University Housing.

Updated 03/13/17 - 8:30 a.m.

The dual parking privilege extended to Fremont Hall residents with R1 permits will expire Wednesday, April 5.

  • If you have an R1 parking permit and wish to park in the Village Parking Structure (Lot R3) or Canyon Parking Structure (Lot R4) for the remainder of the academic year, you must exchange your R1 permit for an R3 or R4 permit by April 5.  
  • If you wish to keep your R1 parking permit, you may do so. After April 5, it will be valid in Lot R1 only. 
  • If you have moved off campus, you can exchange your R1 permit for a general permit, if doing so is more convenient for you.

Students interested in exchanging permits can do so at the University Police Department (Bldg. 36), 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.  The $15 permit exchange fee is waived for former Fremont Hall residents. 

After April 5, vehicles parked in alternative lots will be cited according to campus parking rules.  

If you have questions, contact UPD at 805-756-6654 or parking@calpoly.edu.  

Updated 3/8/17 - 5 p.m.

Campus Dining has posted information about dining plan options and arrangements for former Fremont Hall residents. Visit the Campus Dining website for details

Updated 2/27/17 - 9:30 p.m.

All belongings were removed from Fremont Hall this afternoon and all deliveries to students staying on campus were completed this evening. Please be sure to let us know of missing items by emailing housingservices@calpoly.edu

Belongings for students who have moved off campus have been secured at the University Housing Depot (Bldg. 371 B), just west of the Canyon Parking Structure on Canyon Circle. Bring a photo I.D. to pick up items.  

Staff can serve you as follows:
Saturday, Feb. 25 | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26 | 8 a.m. - noon
Weekdays thereafter | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Updated 2/24/17 - 2:30 p.m.

Meathead Movers of San Luis Obispo is moving students' belongings out of Fremont Hall today and delivering them their new campus housing assignments.

Belongings for students moving off-campus will be secured at the University Housing Depot (Bldg. 371 B), just west of the Canyon Parking Structure on Canyon Circle. Students can pick up their belongings as follows:

Saturday, Feb. 25 | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26 | 8 a.m. - noon
Weekdays thereafter | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m

Students who have requested reassignment will receive moving assistance when the new assignment is finalized. 

Fremont Packing Day Today - Thursday, Feb. 23, 12-5 p.m.

Students are packing their belongings today. Boxes, packing tape and labels are provided. We will arrange for packed items be delivered to students on Friday.

Town Hall Meeting - Wednesday, Feb. 22., 8:30 p.m.

A town hall meeting was held last night to give information and allow Fremont students to ask any questions they had. View questions and answers. >>

A recording of the meeting is available on Cal Poly VPSA Keith Humphrey's Facebook page.>>  

Updated 2/22/17 - 1:30 p.m.

Since the Saturday evacuation, we have seen additional deterioration of the hillside behind Fremont Hall. The increasing size and magnitude of the slide area is causing concern about encroaching water and mud. We expect the hill to be further compromised during the next storm system, forecasted to arrive this weekend.  We have conferred with geotechnical professionals who concur.

After further investigation, careful consideration, and in the interest of your safety, it is necessary to close Fremont Hall by Friday for the remainder of the academic year. This is not the outcome we had hoped for, nor is it a decision we have made lightly. Nevertheless, it’s the right decision to keep you all safe.

We will to continue to support you through this transition. This is very important to us so that you can resume focus on your studies and enjoy your Cal Poly experience. A town hall meeting has been arranged to share more information about the transition plan. President Armstrong, Vice President Humphrey and CAFES Dean Thulin will join me and other University Housing staff to answer your questions and address any concerns.  Staff from University Police Department and Parking Services, Dean of Students and Campus Dining will also be available.

The meeting is set for 8:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Multi-Activity Center in the Recreation Center (Bldg. 43).

Here’s what we will discuss:

Your Belongings
You will be able to pack the rest of your belongings between noon and 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23. Boxes, packing tape and labels will be provided. Staff will deliver your packed items to your new room assignment by Friday.

Contract and Fees
While we hope that you will finish your first year with University Housing, you have the option to cancel your campus housing contract without financial penalty. No student will be required to pay higher rates for their new living space.

Students reassigned to campus apartments may choose to switch to the less expensive apartment meal plan. Campus Dining staff will assist you with the transition.

Room Trades
There will be limited opportunities for individuals to trade rooms, with priority given to students currently living in one of the converted residence hall study lounges. Our housing assignments team will begin facilitating trades at tonight’s meeting.

Updated 2/22/17 - 10:30 a.m.

Fremont Hall will be again accessible from 12:30 - 1 p.m. today for those of you who wish to retrieve belongings.

Meet at the front door of Fremont Hall to be escorted to your rooms. 

Please gather your things quickly so that there is time for everyone who arrives to get their belongings during the 30-minute timeframe.

Updated 2/21/17 - 11 a.m.


Fremont Hall will be accessible from 12:30 - 1 p.m. today for those of you who still need to retrieve belongings.

Meet at the front door of Fremont Hall to be escorted to your rooms. 

Please gather your things quickly so that there is time for everyone who arrives to get their belongings during the 30-minute timeframe.

Mail Delivery Reminder 

Mail and packages for Fremont residents will be available for pickup at the Sequoia Package Center starting today.

Updated 2/20/17 - 5:30 p.m.

Because we continue to see a lot of soil movement and cannot accurately predict what the conditions will be in the morning, we are cancelling the 7:30 a.m. window on Tuesday, Feb. 21 for students to retrieve their belongings. 

Students can still come from 6-6:30 p.m. tonight and we will reevaluate in the morning to see if the Tuesday, Feb. 21 window from 12:30-1 p.m. is viable. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Updated 2/20/17 - 5 p.m.

Today we made progress in moving some of the felled trees and will continue this tomorrow as one of the eucalyptus trees was quite large. The hill covers several acres and the soil is about 30’ deep. The mud continues to slide down toward the building. We have most of the bike enclosure down and plan to use that space behind the building to bring in equipment to begin removing earth tomorrow. The Study Lounge that juts out toward the hill in the back of the building is most at risk tonight and tomorrow and we may start to see seepage into the building at that location.  The building remains unsafe for students to live in. 

Updated 2/20/17 - 10 a.m.

University Housing has received authorization to allow residents to be escorted to their rooms to retrieve belongings at the following designated times.

2 – 2:30 p.m.   
6 – 6:30 p.m.

7:30 – 8 a.m.
12:30 – 1 p.m.

Access into and out of the front door of Fremont Hall will be monitored. Due to continued safety concerns, resident will only have a few minutes to gather items. 

Residents: Come to the front door of Fremont Hall. Bring a list of items that you need. Be sure to carefully think through your needs before you arrive. Gather your things quickly so that others can be allowed access during the 30-minute timeframes.

Updated 2/19/17 - 5 p.m.

Both high-risk eucalyptus trees were safely taken down. The arborist will be back Monday morning to remove the fallen tree material. Once that is accomplished, we will start removal of earth material from behind the retaining wall area.

The retaining wall is heavily stressed and moved significantly today at multiple locations. Cal Poly carpenters did a great job of shoring up the most vulnerable areas.

Cal Poly plumbers were able to dig a pit and sink a sump pump into the east side sidewalk area to keep water from accumulating and seeping inside the Study Room of Fremont. The sump pump will run as it fills through the night.

The bike racks under the enclosure are being removed and moved to storage in preparation for the enclosure to be removed as needed for excavator/truck access for earth removal.

The slide continues to grow and move and is heavily impacted by the weather conditions (continued rain). The Fremont building remains unsafe for students to return. Thank you for your continued patience.

Updated 2/19/17 - 10 a.m. 

Overnight, the hill behind Fremont Hall continued to shift. Additional cracks developed, exacerbating its instability. Arborists are on site and have begun to trim limbs off of trees that threaten the building. They hope to take down a tree in the rear pushing another tree in front. No estimate on the reopening of the residence hall, as it continues to remain unsafe for students and staff to enter. 

Updated 2/18/17 - 3:45 p.m.

Fremont Hall has been evacuated due to unstable soil along the adjacent hillside and trees immediately behind the building. Fremont residents should check their Cal Poly email account for their new housing location and check in location.

If you choose to seek shelter elsewhere or are currently out of town, please notify housing@calpoly.edu, unless you already reported this information to a staff member in Fremont Hall. For your safety, stay clear of the affected building, hillside, and surrounding area.

Pay attention to the direction of campus officials and signage near the area.

Due to immediate safety concerns, no access is permitted to Fremont.

Due continued rainfall, we do not have an anticipated timeframe for when students will be able to access their belongings or return to the building.

Mail Delivery

Mail and packages for Fremont residents will be available for pickup at the Sequoia Package Center starting on Tuesday.


We are asking that student residents across campus who have a vacancy in their apartment or bedroom to be prepared to welcome their fellow Mustangs. Clear the vacant room or bed space and furniture of belongings, be sure it is clean, and make space for them in kitchens (as applicable) and other common areas.


During business hours, students and supporters can contact University Housing at 805-756-1226 or housing@calpoly.edu with questions or concerns. After hours, in an emergency, on-call staff can be reached at 805-440-7539.

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