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Department of Public Safety & Security

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Saint Joseph's University Department of Public Safety

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Who is responsible for Safety and Security at Saint Joseph's University?
The safety and security of all who live, work and visit Saint Joseph's University is of paramount importance to the entire Saint Joseph's community. The primary concern of the Department of Public Safety and Security is to seek to provide the highest reasonable level of security on our 100+ acre campus. Our SJU community shares this responsibility and during the school year, several crime prevention and security forums are conducted. This shared responsibility is a very important element of our overall safe learning environment.

The Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 180, Uniform Crime Reporting Act require the publication and distribution of the following information, as well as the keeping of an open crime log that is available for inspection in security headquarters at Barbelin Hall, Rm 13. Information for this Report was compiled by the Department of Public Safety and Security, in consultation with Student Life. It includes all reports to Public Safety, Residence Life, other Campus Security Authorities and local police departments, regardless of whether they have been determined to have occurred.

* The statistics listed below are the number of crimes reported to Public Safety. They do not reflect the outcome of investigations by Saint Joseph's University Public Safety or the pertinent police department.



Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting Act Crime Rates

In addition to the Clery Act, the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting Act requires the release of crime statistics and rates to students and employees. The rate is based on the actual number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) students and employees which is calculated according to the following state-mandated formula. The formula is the number of FTE students (6251) plus the number of FTE employees (1438). The 2012 FTE is therefore 7959 or 12.56. The rate is obtained by dividing this figure into 100,000 and multiplying the quotient by the individual statistics to produce the crime rate per 100,000 persons in each category.


Fire Safety Compliance Report

Fire System Compliance Report

Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency

Members of the Saint Joseph’s University community are encouraged to report all crimes and emergencies to the Department of Public Safety in a timely manner. To report a crime, emergency, or non-emergency, call Public Safety at extension 1111 or, from outside the University phone system, (610)660-1111. Public Safety Officers trained to dispatch are available at this number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your call. Based on the nature of the call, an officer may be dispatched to your location, or you may be asked to report to the Public Safety Office to file an incident report. The Department of Public Safety will provide assistance with contacting Philadelphia Police or Lower Merion Police, if needed. To further assist with reporting crimes or emergency situations, 150 emergency phones are located throughout the campus, both inside and outside the buildings. These phones provide a direct line to the Public Safety Office; simply pick up the handset or press the “call” button. You will be immediately connected with a Public Safety Officer who will be able to determine your location based on the emergency phone you are calling from.

All Department of Public Safety incident reports involving students are forwarded to the Vice President for Student Life and the Office of Community Standards for review and judicial action, if necessary.

Should the victim of, or witness to, a crime wish to make a confidential report, there are several means of doing so.  Reports filed confidentially are counted and disclosed in the Annual Crime Statistics and enable the University to identify crime patterns.  An Anonymous Tip Line has been established to provide the Department of Public Safety with “tips” about criminal activity or behavior on campus. Call extension 1114, or (610) 660-1114, to reach this recorded line and leave a message. The Anonymous Tip Line is monitored by the Director of Public Safety and information provided will be thoroughly investigated. Though monitored, the Anonymous Tip Line is not meant for emergencies that require immediate action. Another means to make an anonymous report is through the Tip Box located in the Drexel Library. The drop-box is situated to the right of the computer classroom on the ground floor and allows for anyone to drop off an anonymous message that will be promptly checked by Public Safety. Additionally, individuals can fill out an anonymous Tip Form located on the main MYSJU website as well as under the Public Safety Channel under the School Services tab. Click on the “Safety and Security Tip Link” and complete the form.

Timely Warning to the Campus Community

The University will provide timely notice to the campus community regarding crimes considered to be a serious or on-going threat to the safety of or health of students and employees which are reported to Public Safety or the local police. The Director of Public Safety, or a designee, will make a determination if a timely warning is required and will draft the message for review and approval by the Vice President for Administrative Services, the Vice President for Student Life, and the Office of University Communications.  The manner of notification depends upon the particular circumstances of the crime. Means of communication such as telephone voice mail broadcast messages, electronic mail, University publications, Campus Announcements on the SJU Today tab within MYSJU, the Open Crime Log, and the student newspaper are available for this purpose. A “Campus Alerts” box is permanently located on the main MYSJU website and is utilized to quickly disseminate emergency information to the University Community. The University also has a siren/public address warning system and a cell phone text messaging system in the event of an emergency.

Preparation of the Annual Report

Under the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the preparation and dissemination of an Annual Report containing crime statistics for the past three years and campus security policies is required. Preparation of this report is the responsibility of the Department of Public Safety and requires the compilation of crimes reported throughout the previous calendar year. The crime statistics are gathered primarily from the Department of Public Safety Incident Management System, but also include statistics provided by the Office of Community Standards. Once completed, the Annual Report is published and made available to the campus community. The report is also posted on the Saint Joseph’s University website at An email is sent to students, faculty, and staff members once the Annual Report is posted. This email includes the web address and information on how to obtain the hard-copy report.

The Department of Public Safety submits the statistics published in the Annual Report to the Department of Education which is made available to the general public through the Department of Education website.

Campus Security Authorities

The Clery Act requires “Campus Security Authorities” to report campus crime statistics for inclusion in the Annual Report and to facilitate timely warnings. “Campus Security Authorities,” as defined by the Clery Act, include security and law enforcement officers; deans (or other senior student administrative personnel); coaches; residence hall staff; overseers and advisors to student clubs and organizations; and other campus officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities,” such as, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. Professional and pastoral counselors are exempt from the reporting requirement while working within the scope of a license or certification.

The following are designated as Campus Security Authorities:
All administrative employees in the Division of Student Life, including, but not limited to, Vice President for Student Life; Assistant Vice President for Student Development; Director and Assistant Directors of Residential Life; Director, Assistant and Associate Director of Community Standards; Residential Area Managers and Resident Hall Managers; Director, Assistant and Associate Directors of Student Leadership; Senior Director of Adult Student Life, Assistant Vice President and Directors for Student Educational Support Services; Associate Vice President and Directors, Associate Directors, Assistant Directors and all team coaches for Recreational Sports and Intercollegiate Athletics; Director of Campus Ministry; Director of the Student Health Center;

All Deans, Associate Deans, and Assistant Deans of the Undergraduate and Graduate programs within the School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College for Professional and Liberal Studies;

All administrative employees in the Division of Administrative Services, including, but not limited to, Director of Dining Services; Director, Associate Directors, and Assistant Directors of Facilities Management; Director and Assistant Directors of Public Safety and all Department of Public Safety personnel to include uniformed officers, residence hall desk attendants, gate attendants, and drivers.

Others designated as campus security authorities include the  Vice President and Directors for Human Resources; the Director of the ELS Language Center; all advisors to student groups, clubs and organizations; and all non-professional counselors (such as victim advocates).

Safety of Campus Facilities

Residence halls are staffed by security personnel on a 24 hour basis. The residence halls are equipped with state-of-the-art access systems. Only residents, their registered guests, and approved members of the University community are permitted access into the residence halls by swiping their Saint Joseph’s University identification cards in the card access readers. Smaller campus houses are not staffed but do have access systems to control entry. Student's rooms are equipped with knob locks, night latches on the doors and window locks. Suites have card access readers.

Public Safety personnel and Residence Life staff work together to enforce security measures in the residence halls.

The campus is divided into several patrol areas and when unsafe conditions (landscape, lighting, etc.) are noted, the proper department is notified. Fire alarms, emergency phones and lights are inspected and tested on a monthly basis.

How is the Department Structured?

The Department of Public Safety and Security reports to the Vice President for Administrative Services and consists of a Director, Assistant Director Operations, Assistant Director Administration, Public Safety Investigator, 3 Patrol Shift Managers, 9 Patrol Shift Supervisors, 76 officers, 72 residence center desk attendants and 16 gate attendants.

Public Safety officers must be certified under Commonwealth of PA Lethal Weapons Training Act 235 prior to employment. Additional pre-service training is provided to all new officers. Public Safety officers do not carry firearms and do not have arrest authority. They are employees of Saint Joseph's University and as such, operate solely as agents of the University. Criminal investigations are conducted by one of the two outside law enforcement agencies that are responsible for coverage at Saint Joseph's University. They are Lower Merion Township on the Merion and Maguire Campuses and Philadelphia on Central and Overbrook Campuses. The Public Safety department has a longstanding and successful working relationship with both departments. While these relationships are well established, they are not memorialized in any written agreement. They will report student off-campus involvement in criminal activity to the University. All crime victims have a right to report any criminal incidents to local police. The Department of Public Safety encourages this right and will assist with the reporting process.


Security and crime prevention presentations are made at student forums throughout the year. Special emphasis on Public Safety services and Crime Prevention practices are made during New Student Orientation programs for undergraduates, graduates, and international students. Articles are also published in the student newspaper and special crime prevention tips are posted on MySJU. Members of the Department of Public Safety also address new employees at orientation sessions conducted by the Office of Human Resources.

Off-campus Student Organizations

Saint Joseph’s University does not have any officially recognized student organizations in off-campus facilities, to include housing.

Alcohol, Drugs and Firearms Policies

The carrying of or presence of a firearm is not permitted on University property, including but not limited to one's vehicle, office, residence or locker, except when the firearm is carried by a deputized law enforcement officer and/or agent who is conducting official business on University property.

The University policies concerning the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and drugs,and the prohibition against the presence of firearms on campus, are intended to conform to the applicable statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and are stated in full in the SJU Student Handbook. Such statutes define firearms as any pistol, revolver, shotgun, or any weapon which is capable of firing a projectile.

In compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, no person under twenty-one years of age shall attempt to carry out the purchase, possession, consumption or transport of alcoholic beverages on University property or at any event sponsored by the University. No student or employee of the University shall attempt or carry out the transfer of any form of identification for the purpose of falsifying age in order to secure alcohol. No student or employee of the University shall give permission or render assistance in the sale, furnishing, or providing of alcohol to any person under the age of twenty-one.

Only under the conditions clearly stipulated in the University guidelines is the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by students twenty-one years of age and older permitted. This conditioned permission should not be interpreted to mean that the University encourages the use of alcoholic beverages. Furthermore, the University considers intoxication, disorderliness or offensive behavior deriving from the use of alcoholic beverages, regardless of a person's age, to be unacceptable and subject to disciplinary action.

Saint Joseph’s University prohibits the unlawful sale, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of any drug by University employees or students in the workplace, on University property, or as part of any University sponsored activity.

As a condition of employment, all employees will abide by the terms of this Policy and must notify the Vice President for Human Resources (or Provost in the case of faculty members), no later than five (5) calendar days after any conviction for a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

To reflect its commitment to alcohol awareness, the University calls upon key individuals and departments to educate the University community on the dangers of alcohol abuse and to enforce policies on alcohol use: 1) The Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education (WADE) Office coordinates alcohol education and programming as well as materials to assist students concerning alcohol usage. 2) The Department of Public Safety assists in implementing and enforcing the policy, and monitors individuals entering residence halls through the use of Public Safety Officers and Residence Hall Desk Attendants. 3) The Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force assists the Vice President for Student Life by making recommendations concerning the policy.

The University is in this regard vitally interested in the well-being of all members of its community and, therefore, offers assistance by making available to all members of its community a counseling office staffed by professionally trained personnel. The services of a qualified psychiatrist are also available. The University strongly urges its members to take advantage of these services. In addition, the Wellness, Alcohol and Drug Education Program offers a comprehensive library collection on the topic of drug use and abuse.

Campus Resources

  • Employee Assistance Program    (800) 854-1446
  • Student Health Center    (610) 660-1175
  • Counseling and Psychological Services    (610) 660-1090
  • Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education (WADE)   (610) 660-3462

Local Resources

  • Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous - On Campus - Contact WADE for more information
  • Student Substance Recovery Meeting - Temple University - Contact (215) 204-7276
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - 444 N. 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA - Contact (215) 923-7900
  • Marijuana Anonymous - Trinity Church, 19th and Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA - Contact (215) 525-1525

Sexual Violence Policy

Saint Joseph's University policy on sexual violence is stated in its entirety in the Student Handbook and the University's web site at The policy identifies and describes procedures and resources available to those individuals who believe they have been a victim or victims of a sexual violence, identifies possible sanctions for violations of the policy, appeals procedures and educational programs.

Saint Joseph's University will not tolerate sexual violence, whether forcible or non-forcible, on its campus or at any University-sponsored events, by any member of the SJU community regardless of location (i.e. on or off campus) when involving SJU students or employees. The University can and often will, in its sole discretion, take action under this policy for off-campus behavior.

An individual who believes that he or she has been a victim of  sexual violence is encouraged to report the matter immediately to the Department of Public Safety and Security (610-660-1111), and/or the local police (911). However, a report may instead be made to the Title IX Coordinator if the respondent is a student, the Provost if the respondent is a faculty member or the Vice President for Human Resources if the respondent is an employee who is not a faculty member or is an independent contractor, volunteer, trustee or visitor. 

Saint Joseph's University has developed a Rape Education and Prevention Program (REPP) and trained teams to assist an individual who has reported a sexual offense. REPP's web site, contains information about reporting sexual offenses, medical treatment, victims' rights, criminal and disciplinary proceedings, the need for professional counseling, campus personnel and services available for victim assistance, information about testifying in court, feelings and reactions experienced by most victims and ways to deal with feelings.

Counseling and Psychological Services (610-660-1090) offers confidential counseling to students for a wide variety of concerns, including the psychological effects of sexual offenses. Referral for in-patient or out-patient psychiatric care is also available to students, faculty and staff.

The Department of Public Safety and Security will provide information about filing criminal charges. If the person making the report of a sexual offense so desires, the Department of Public Safety and Security will assist her or him in contacting the local police. This office will also provide information for contacting a member of REPP (Rape Education and Prevention Program 610-733-9650, available 24 hours a day) if she or he so desires.

The timely preservation and collection of relevant evidence is important should criminal charges be pursued.  Evidence including clothing, drinks, glasses, bed linens, etc. should be preserved.  In order to preserve evidence of body hairs and fluids, a victim should be medically examined as soon as possible and before showering, bathing or other clean up occurs.  REPP members are available to support and accompany individuals through the examination and interview process, as needed.

The Director of Community Standards, in consultation with Residence Life staff and other members of the University Community may make interim adjustments to academic,  living and/or employment situations of a student who has reported to have violated the Sexual Violence policy as may be necessary for the protection of the complainant.  Other safety measures may be offered as necessary when a student makes a complaint about a non-student respondent.

When the respondent  is a student, the report will be addressed through Community Standards as a violation of the Sexual Violence Policy. Both the complainant and the respondent will be offered a support person from the SJU community who may accompany him/her throughout the process.

A sanction will be imposed for violation of this Policy. The University has wide discretion as to the sanctions that may be imposed, including removal from the residence community, removal from participation in extracurricular activities, suspension from the University and/or expulsion from the University. Appropriate sanctions may also be imposed upon groups or organizations found to have violated this policy. Both the complainant and the respondent shall be informed of the University's final determination in a disciplinary proceeding and any sanction imposed against the respondent.

In an effort to promote awareness of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking several educational programs are conducted throughout the year. During New Student Orientation incoming students participate in a program addressing these issues which also included by-stander intervention. Similar programs are conducted for student athletes, members of Greek organizations, and student leaders such as Resident Assistants, Orientation Leaders and Service Trip Leaders.  Initiatives are carried out during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and include educational programming in the residence halls and a "Take Back the Night" event in partnership with REPP.

Criminal Records and Sex-Offender Registry

The University has no policy concerning the admission of students with criminal records and applicants are not questioned concerning their criminal record. If a prospective student's criminal conduct comes to the University's attention, appropriate consideration is given in the application process.

Criminal background checks are conducted on all new employees.

The Pennsylvania State Sex Offender Registry can be reached by phone at 717-783-4363 or via email at

Who makes up the Saint Joseph's Community?

There are 8820 students enrolled at Saint Joseph's University across full and part time programs both undergraduate and graduate. Approximately 62% of the undergraduate day students live in University housing. Saint Joseph's employs 328 full-time faculty, 312 adjunct faculty, 793 full-time employees and 100 part-time employees.

What about Campus Housing?

Campus housing consists of 13 high-rise buildings and 8 smaller houses. Students also live in university owned multi-story buildings away from main campus. Housing is apartment style in the latter. While most rooms are doubles, there are a few singles and triples. Houses are single sex. High-rises are co-educational according to floors and wings with single sex suites. Housing is primarily provided  to undergraduate students.

Campus housing remains open for student occupancy from August 15th through May 15th. During the winter and summer breaks, when classes are not in session, most residence halls are closed.

A Residence Life Staff member is responsible for each high-rise. Each hall within a high-rise has a resident assistant. Security training is required for all resident staff prior to the beginning of classes. Monthly staff meetings for resident assistants include an update on problems and discussion of potential solutions.

Housing for upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) is based on a lottery while freshmen and sophomores are assigned according to their request and space limitations. Changes are made on a space available basis.

Visitors to high-rises must identify themselves, be escorted into the building by their host, and leave identification at the desk. In the houses and apartments, guests are escorted by their host. Houses and apartments are locked and entrance can only be gained by a resident student allowing entrance.

Students may have a guest for not more than two consecutive days. Guest passes are issued and checked. Applicants for positions at the university are sometimes housed on campus, but space is rarely available.

Attending Events on Campus

Classes are usually limited to registered students, but lectures, athletic contests, and plays are open to the community. Certain events require campus ID and persons not having ID will be asked to leave the campus.

Saint Joseph's University does not normally undertake rental of its facilities. Consistent with its educational purposes, however, the University may accommodate the activity of responsible outside organizations when such activity is judged to be consistent with University educational purposes and mission.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Information regarding the University's response to various emergency situations can be found in the Emergency Preparedness Plan located at  The Plan contains notification and response procedures for significant events involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus.  The University conducts various tests of emergency response procedures to include table-top and field exercises coordinated with local emergency response teams and law enforcement agencies.  Department of Public Safety administrators have received Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Incident Command training and typically oversee coordination efforts with first responders on behalf of the University.

When the Department of Public Safety receives information regarding an immediate threat, the Director of Public Safety (or a designee) will act upon such information without delay and with foremost concern for the University community.  In collaboration with such individuals as the Vice President for Administrative Services, the Vice President for Student Life, and the Assistant Vice President of University Communications, the Director of Public Safety will determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

The University has several means of providing emergency notification.  Some or all of these means may be utilized in the event of an immediate threat.  An Emergency Text Message alert system is available for members of the University community to participate in.  Enrollment is voluntary and students and staff are encouraged to register their cell phone numbers in order to receive the emergency text messages (registration is available on the School Services tab of MYSJU).  Messages can be sent to everyone registered or to specific segments of the University community.  Campus-wide electronic mail messages may also be utilized along with the "Campus Alerts" box on the main MYSJU page.  Permanently located on the left side of the MYSJU login screen, the "Campus Alerts" box is a quick and far-reaching method of disseminating information to members of the SJU and larger communities.  A siren/public address warning system is located in the bell tower of the Barbelin/Lonergan building and can be used to broadcast messages to the immediate surroundings. 

Evacuation procedures are tested twice each semester for all residential facilities.  Public Safety and Residence Life staff oversee evacuation procedures and provide guidance to evacuating students.  In addition, evacuation drills are conducted once each semester for campus academic and administrative buildings.  Academic building evacuation drills are generally scheduled during "free periods" to ensure minimal disruption to classes in session and will be announced to facilitate preparation and participation by building occupants.  Administrative building evacuation drills may be conducted at any time and can be coordinated with staff to maximize participation and minimize disruption.  Documentation to include date, time, location, and whether the drill was announced or unannounced is maintained by Public Safety.     

Drills are an important opportunity for students and employees to familiarize themselves with the locations of emergency exits, egress procedures, and evacuation assembly points.  Maximum participation and cooperation are expected.  Drills also allow the Departments of Public Safety and Facilities Management to thoroughly test the fire alarm systems located in each building and immediately address any deficiencies observed.  Evacuation maps are located at the exits of each building and general evacuation procedures are described in the Emergency Preparedness Plan.  Additionally, the Department of Public Safety will publicize evacuation procedures in conjunction with at least one evacuation drill per calendar year.      

Missing Student Notification

If a member of the University community or a parent has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately contact the Department of Public Safety at (610) 660-1111 and/or the Office of Residence Life at (610) 660-1062.  The Missing Student Notification will generate a Public Safety Incident Report and subsequent investigation.  Investigation efforts will include, but are not limited to, checking the student's residence, class schedule, swipe access history, meal plan usage, location of private vehicle, speaking with friends and acquaintances, and calling the student's cell phone number.

Once an investigation has been conducted, should the Department of Public Safety determine that the student is missing and has been missing for a period of 24 hours or more, the appointed University representative will contact Philadelphia or Lower Merion Police as well as the individual that has been designated as the student's missing person contact.  Additionally, the Vice Presidents for Student Life and Administrative Services will be notified.  For non-emancipated students less than 18 years of age, a custodial parent or guardian will be notified by the University after the 24 hour period in addition to any emergency or confidential contacts listed. 

Each student residing in an on-campus residential facility has the option to register a confidential contact person to be notified in the event that the student is reported missing.  Registration is available via MySJU and the information collected will only be used by authorized University officials and law enforcement officers during the course of a missing person investigation.  Even if a student has not registered a confidential contact person, local law enforcement will be notified in the event that the student is reported missing.

If, during the initial stages of the investigation, it has been determined that the student is "involuntarily missing," i.e. abducted, kidnapped, or endangered, the appropriate law enforcement agency will be contacted immediately.  Upon these exigent circumstances, it will not be necessary to wait for 24 hours to make the required aforementioned notifications.

Important Phone Numbers
Department of Public Safety and Security 610-660-1111

Office of Student Life 610-660-1045

Residence Life 610-660-1062

Title IX Coordinator 610-660-1145

Police or Fire Emergency Lower Merion and Philadelphia 9-911

Admissions Office 610-660-1300

Graduate Studies 610-660-1760

Professional and Liberal Studies 610-660-1264

For assistance call 610-660-1111