SDSU Media Contacts and Access
About Strategic Communications and Public AffairsThe San Diego State University media relations team is housed within Strategic Communication and Public Affairs, a department within the Office of the President. The media relations team assists in all aspects related to media coverage, including coordinating interviews, providing university statements, coordinating press events, connecting with experts, scheduling video and photography shoots, and other needs. For assistance, please contact a member of the media relations team.
Members of the media seeking expert comment on any particular topic may visit the SDSU Experts Directory. This online resource provides information about university faculty and staff who can speak on a range of subject matters. For assistance in coordinating an interview with any experts or other members of the campus community, to include administrators, other faculty members, staff and students, please contact a media relations staff member.
News ConferencesFor planned news events, parking instructions will be provided in advance. For unannounced news events, utilize any of the available lots and structures listed above, or contact a media relations representative for information on parking arrangements and/or availability.
SDSU AthleticsFor athletic related information or parking specifics for any athletics events, please contact SDSU Athletics.
University PoliceFor law enforcement-related questions, including questions related to crime and crime prevention strategies, please contact the University Police Department.
Media Access to Police ScenesMedia professionals are prohibited from crossing police lines at crime scenes. Per Penal Code 409.5, media may cross police incident lines during natural disasters or safety hazards at their own risk. Because areas would be closed to the public, law enforcement officials may request to see media credentials.
Public Records Request
- Requests for public inspection of SDSU records under the California Public Records
Act (Gov Code section 6250 et seq) may be submitted in writing via mail, email or
facsimile. Certain records are exempt from public disclosure, and purely personal
and private information may be redacted. The Public Records Act does not require the
campus to create documents that do not already exist.
Upon receipt of a Public Records Act request, SDSU will conduct a reasonable search for the requested records and respond to your request within 10 calendar days.
More information on how to direct requests for SDSU records, including contact information for different university departments, and also ways to access documents is available through Business and Financial Affairs online: https://bfa.sdsu.edu/safety/riskmanagement/public-records.aspx
Media Parking on Campus
- Beginning in Spring 2020, media outlets will be issued individual parking permits
assigned to each news vehicle. The permits will require yearly renewal and expire
on June 30 of each year.
To obtain a parking permit, the recognized San Diego regional media outlet must submit a permit application through the Strategic Communication and Public Affairs (StratComm) office. Please designate on the application the license plate number of each registered news vehicle requesting a parking permit. The permit will be valid from July 1 to- June 30 of each year. Upon expiration of the permit, a new application will need to be filed before June 1 of each year. Upon application approval, a member of the media relations team will provide details with permit pick-up.
Parking permits can be used in any of the campus parking structures or open lots with the exception of parking lot 5, 6A, and 13. At no time is media parking permitted: in front of Hepner Hall, on Campanile, Centennial and Cuicacalli Walkways; next to red curbs; in any ADA parking space, special permit areas; or when blocking a fire lane or fire hydrant. Parking in these areas will result in a parking citation. Failure to comply with university parking regulations will result in the revoking of said permit.
Campus media relations personnel are unable to assist crews receiving tickets. The individual who received the parking ticket is fully responsible for addressing the citation.
Press Recording on Campus (Video, Audio and Photography)
General RecordingNews outlets are welcome to photograph or shoot video of university buildings and scenes using the public sidewalks and areas.
Generally, and in accordance with university Buildings and Grounds Policy, filming is not allowed in classrooms, student residences or in the library unless otherwise previously approved through StratComm. Previous approval requires contacting a member of the StratComm team.
Commercial Shoots on CampusAccording to the current SDSU Buildings and Grounds regulations, filming for commercial purposes requires advanced, written approval and is subject to additional requirements.
Approval is not required for filming or photography that is part of the university. However, reservations for campus outdoor space or facilities may be required. Risk Management review may also be required.
For more information and appropriate approvals, please contact Alyssa Longeuay with Aztec Shops Ltd. by calling 619-594-2143 or by emailing [email protected].
- StratComm has been authorized by the Office of the President to oversee the implementation
and enforcement of the Graphic Identity Manual and oversight of brand elements.
It is the policy of SDSU that all brand elements, including names, symbols or marks -- such as, but not limited to, Aztecs, Aztec, San Diego State University, San Diego State, SDSU, trademarks, and all symbols pertaining to San Diego State University -- shall be the property of San Diego State University.
The use of SDSU names, symbols or marks implies endorsement by the university as an institution. Authorized use of SDSU’s brand elements as described above are limited to official college, department, program or recognized student organization use. Written permission from StratComm is required for all unaffiliated use.
University symbols may not be incorporated into any other design that creates a new symbol. They may not be visually altered, stretched, outlined, given drop shadows or enclosed in shapes that appear to be a part of the symbol identity. They may not be modified in any way.
All logo usage must comply with the Graphic Identity Manual produced by StratComm. To view the Graphic Identity Manual and learn more about the university brand, visit brand.sdsu.edu.
For more information and appropriate approvals, contact StratComm by calling 619-594-5204 or emailing [email protected].
San Diego State UniversitySDSU is aware of and supportive of the growing use of drones for research, recreation and commercial applications.
The use of drones by media partners, or small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS), on the SDSU campus is regulated by Section 31.0 of the Buildings and Grounds Policy. Currently, all use of drones on campus is prohibited unless approved in advance by the Director of Emergency Management or StratComm.
Drone use by media partners must be pre-submitted for approval by StratComm via email at least three days before the proposed flight date. In the email, applicants must include pilot licensing information, aircraft specification and insurance. SDSU reserves the right to restrict drone operations at any time. Issuance of permit is good for one-time use and does not constitute blanket authority to operate a drone on campus.
All approved use of drones must also be in compliance with current FAA regulations (COA, 333 Exemption, Rule 107). Additionally, per FAA policy, you currently cannot fly a small UAS over anyone not directly participating in the operation.
General campus B-roll, captured via drone, is available for media outlets. Please contact StratComm for file video. A mandatory courtesy is required for use.
SDSU Mission ValleyThe use of drones on San Diego State University property must be in compliance with the Campus Drone Policy, which can be found at: https://bfa.sdsu.edu/safety/emergency/news. All drone use for all purposes must be approved in advance by the Emergency Preparedness Manager in the SDSU Police Department.
More specific information is set forth in Section 31.0 of the SDSU Buildings and Grounds policy.
For the safety of construction crews working on SDSU property and for protection of personal property, the additional rules stated below apply to those who wish to fly drones above any SDSU Mission Valley site location, which includes the future River Park and Aztec Stadium.
All drone operators are required to have documented permission and clearance to fly drones over any SDSU property or location.
To gain permission and clearance, contact the SDSU Office of Emergency Preparedness to coordinate with the SDSU Drone Coordinator by emailing [email protected] or by calling 619-594-0857. You must submit your request at least one week prior to the first day of your requested fight date(s) so the proper authorities are able to review your request. Members of the news media who wish to fly a drone over the site should contact the SDSU Media Relations team by emailing [email protected] or [email protected].
Additional Guidelines for Drone Use above SDSU Mission Valley site:
Follow all FAA regulations at https://www.faa.gov/uas/
Drone operators must remain off-site and are not allowed to operate from on the SDSU Mission Valley site as it is an active construction site.
No flying is permitted during active construction hours at the SDSU Mission Valley site, which is typically Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or during possible evening construction hours.
Flying height: Drone operators must fly at least 50 feet above the site, which requires prior FAA authorization. Flying below 50 feet increases safety risks.
No flying “through” or around construction equipment or “through” existing or new structures. Please stay at least 50 feet away from the existing San Diego Stadium structure and Aztec Stadium.
Do not disturb any workers or other individuals on site with your flights.
Remain in a continuous line of sight with your drone during the entirety of your flight. If you cannot see your drone, you are not flying according to FAA regulations.
You can contact the SDSU Drone Coordinator with questions by emailing [email protected] or by calling 619-594-0857.
Strategic Communications and Public Affairs produces a range of publications.
- SDSU NewsCenter is the official source for SDSU news and information. NewsCenter includes stories about SDSU's people, programs, achievements and newsmakers, and features faculty experts commenting on the important news of the day.
- 360: The Magazine of San Diego State University tells the unfolding story of SDSU in a contemporary voice that emphasizes the university’s outward perspective. A national award-winner, 360 appeals to SDSU alumni and friends with a combination of vibrant graphics and lively storytelling.
- SDSU's YouTube channel publishes the latest videos produced by the Strategic Communications and Public Affairs team.