Policies & Reports
As a Catholic, Jesuit University, Saint Joseph’s is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from acts of bias, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are considered forms of prohibited discrimination, and are covered by this policy. The purpose of this document is to define prohibited acts of bias, harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, and retaliation, identify resources available to those who may have experienced harm, describe informal and formal resolution procedures, and list possible sanctions for violations of this policy.
University parking is available to all employees, faculty and eligible students. To be eligible to park on campus, one must obtain a University parking permit. Visitors and others conducting business with the University are able to park in the Hawks' Landing Parking Facility on a first-come, first-served basis.
The purpose of this policy is to convey the procedures of the University’s response to reports of “on-campus” missing students, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. This policy applies to all students and in particular to those residing in campus housing, including off-campus apartment units leased by the University for students. 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, they must immediately contact the Office of Public Safety & Security at 610-660-1111.
This policy sets forth the requirements and procedures for the use of Saint Joseph’s University vehicles and personally owned vehicles used for University business. It is the intention of this policy to address the safety and well-being of students, staff, faculty and passengers. For the purpose of this policy, University vehicles shall mean any vehicle owned, rented or leased by the University. This policy includes requirements and procedures for authorization to use vehicles and specific requirements for the safe operation of vehicles.
Driving a University vehicle is a privilege and not a right. This privilege may be revoked or denied for any reason at any time consistent with applicable law.
Unless expressly authorized in advance and in writing for personal use by the University Division Head, University vehicles shall only be used for University-related business.
The University’s purpose in installing and using cameras in certain locations of the University is twofold: security and deterrence. Absent legal process, information obtained through the use of these cameras will be viewed only by authorized University personnel and will be used internally by the University primarily, but not solely, for these purposes.
With over 100 acres in West Philadelphia and Montgomery County, the Saint Joseph’s University campus is a convenient place for members of the Saint Joseph’s community to spend time with pets. Saint Joseph’s recognizes that pets play a significant role in the lives of owners and others. In an effort to protect the safety and well-being of members of the Saint Joseph’s community, as well as the safety and well-being of their pets, the University has enacted this policy.
The presence of weapons poses a direct and substantial threat to our campus community.
All students, former students, faculty, employees, former employees, customers, vendors, and visitors are prohibited from possessing, carrying, or storing any weapon on their person, while on University premises, or in any vehicle on campus without specific authorization from the Director of Public Safety.
This prohibition includes licensed firearms and weapons and applies to all who are licensed to carry firearms or concealed weapons. Requests for exemptions from this policy must be addressed in writing to the Executive Director of Public Safety.
The University reserves the right to seize any firearm or weapon from any persons on campus. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination and expulsion. In addition, any person authorized to carry a weapon on campus who uses it in an unauthorized or inappropriate way is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination and expulsion.
What Qualifies as a Weapon?
The term “weapon” includes any device, instrument, material, or substance that is readily capable of causing injury or death.
Weapons include but are not limited to:
- Pellet or BB guns
- Starter pistols
- Dangerous knives
- Makeshift weapons
- Martial arts weapons
- Explosive materials
- Any other lethal or dangerous devices capable of casting a projectile by air, gas, explosion, or mechanical means on any property or in any building owned or operated by the University or in any vehicle on campus
Public Safety Officers and law enforcement officers acting within the scope of their employment are exempt from this policy.
Hawk Hill Reports
2022 Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report
The University provides this Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). Portions of this Report are provided pursuant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 180 (Uniform Crime Reporting Act).
Preparation of this Report is the responsibility of the Office of Public Safety & Security. The Office of Public Safety & Security prepares and publishes this Report to inform the University community about campus security policies and procedures, programs designed to prevent and respond to certain crimes, and specific statistics for certain criminal incidents, arrests, and disciplinary referrals reported throughout the previous three calendar years
University City Reports
2022 Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report
Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and The College and University Security Act of 1988, reports annually to its current and prospective students and employees. The report contains statistics for the previous three years on reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain non-campus buildings or property that is owned or controlled by University of the Sciences; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and alcohol use, drug use, crime prevention, reporting of incidents, and a victim’s rights in regard to sexual assaults.
If you believe there has been a violation of one or more of the provisions of the Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act, you may file a complaint at the Department of Public Safety. The complaint will be forwarded to the Executive Director of Public Safety, who will respond in writing to the complaint within five business days from the date the complaint is received.
If after receiving a reply, you still feel that the violation has been committed and not corrected, you may appeal to the Vice President of Operations, who has the ultimate responsibility to resolve such complaints.
A copy of the annual crime report is available here (PDF) or by contacting the Department of Public Safety: 215-895-1117.
Pennsylvania's legislature aims to enhance public safety by making information about registered sex offenders available to the public. Knowing whether a person is a registered sex offender could be a significant factor in protecting yourself and your family members or the group or community organization in your care.
You can access the PA registration here.
Daily Crime Log
The Daily Crime Log includes incidents reported to the Department of Public Safety by the University community and local law enforcement agencies. It notes all reported crimes, not just those required by The Clery Act and The College and University Security Act of 1988.
The Department of Public Safety is required to disclose any crime that occurred on campus or within the patrol jurisdiction of the police or the campus security department and is reported to the police or security department. The crime log includes the nature, date, time, and general location of each crime as well as its disposition, if known.
Incidents are included in the crime log within two business days of being reported, but certain information may be withheld to protect victim confidentiality, ensure the integrity of an ongoing investigation, or to keep a suspect from fleeing.
Only the most limited information necessary will be withheld and even then it will be released once the adverse effect is no longer likely to occur.
The crime log is available in the Public Safety Office during normal business hours at 4500 Woodland Avenue for our University City Campus and 5600 City Ave, Barbelin Hall, for our Hawk Hill Campus. Any portion of the log that is older than 60 days will become available within two business days of a request for public inspection.