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Annual Security and Fire Safety Report



Saint Joseph’s University

Office of Public Safety & Security


Annual Security and Fire Safety Report


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A job for all…

The safety and security of all who live, work, and visit Saint Joseph's University (SJU) is of paramount concern to the entire SJU community. The primary focus for the Office of Public Safety & Security (OPSS) is to provide the highest, reasonable level of security on our 100+ acre campus. Our school community as a whole shares this responsibility. During the school year, several crime prevention and security awareness initiatives are implemented. This shared responsibility is a key factor to having a safe learning environment and, for that reason; members of SJU are encouraged to accurately and promptly report all crimes to the OPSS.

This information is provided because of our commitment to campus security, as well as our compliance with the federal law, The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 180, Uniform Crime Reporting Act.  It is for these reasons that the Annual Security Report is available for online viewing by October 1st every year.  Fire safety information is included.  

Information for this report was compiled by the OPSS, in consultation with the Office of Student Life (OSL). It includes reports to the OPSS, the OSL, other “Campus Security Authorities,” and police departments (local and abroad), regardless of whether or not they have been determined to have occurred.  It is meant to be useful and show how your partnership helps the OPSS keep our campus community safe. If there are any questions, concerns or comments about federal or state law requirements or the University’s compliance with these laws, please contact the Director’s Office for the OPSS at 610-660-1164.


John Gallagher


Office of Public Safety & Security

Saint Joseph's University


The Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires Saint Joseph’s University to provide students and employees with information on its security policies and procedures and specific statistics for certain criminal incidents, arrests, and disciplinary referrals, and to make the information and statistics available to prospective students and employees upon request.  This information is available by calling the Office of Public Safety & Security (610-660-1111) or visiting 

The 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 a daily crime log that is available for inspection in the Office of Public Safety & Security at Barbelin Hall, room 13.

Preparation of this report is the responsibility of the Office of Public Safety & Security and requires the compilation of crimes reported throughout the previous calendar year. The crime statistics are gathered primarily from the Office of Public Safety & Security Incident Management System, but also include statistics provided by Student Life, other “Campus Security Authorities,” and police departments (local and abroad).                                                                                                                                   

Once completed, the Annual Security Report is published and made available to the campus community ( An email is sent to students, faculty, and staff members once the Annual Security Report is posted. This email includes the web address and information on how to obtain the hard-copy report.

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


  • Office of Public Safety & Security - 610-660-1111
  • Public Safety & Security Anonymous Tip Line - 610-660-1114
  • Escort Request - 610-660-1010
  • Office of Student Life - 610-660-1045
  • Counseling & Psychological Services - 610-660-1090
  • Office of Student Outreach & Support - 610-660-1149
  • Student Health Center - 610-660-1175
  • Office of Community Standards - 610-660-1046
  • Office of Residence Life - 610-660-1062
  • Office of Human Resources - 610-660-3336
  • Office of Admissions - 610-660-1300
  • Title IX Coordinator - 610-660-1145
  • Police or Fire Emergency - Lower Merion and Philadelphia - 911


The Office of Public Safety & Security is located in Barbelin, room 13. The office reports to the Vice President of Administrative Services, and consists of a Director, Assistant Director Operations, Assistant Director Administration, Public Safety Investigator, 3 Public Safety Shift Managers (Captains), 9 Public Safety Shift Supervisors (Lieutenants), 76 Public Safety Officers, 10 of which are on bicycle patrol, 85 Residence Hall and Athletic Center Desk Attendants, 16 Parking Gate Attendants and 22 Drivers.

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 are not police 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 Maguire Campus and Philadelphia on the Overbrook Campus. The Office of Public Safety & Security 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 Office of Public Safety & Security encourages this right and will assist with the reporting process.  The University also has a working relationship with the Pennsylvania State Police.  The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement assists the Office of Public Safety & Security and local police with the enforcement of the Pennsylvania Liquor Code throughout the campus community.

Because the safety and security of the University is the shared responsibility of all who live, work, and study on the campus, members of the University community are encouraged and expected to use common sense where personal safety is concerned and to report any suspicious or criminal activities to the Office of Public Safety & Security at 610-660-1111.

Emergency phones are located throughout the campus both inside and outside of campus buildings. Dialing is not required on these phones. When the receiver is lifted or the “call” button is pushed, the phone automatically calls the Office of Public Safety & Security.


Members of the Saint Joseph’s University community are encouraged to report all crimes and emergencies to the Office of Public Safety & Security in a timely manner. To report a crime, emergency, or non-emergency, call the Office of Public Safety & Security 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/day, 7 days/week to answer your call. Based on the nature of the call, a Public Safety Officer may be dispatched to your location, or you may be asked to report to the Office of Public Safety & Security to file an incident report. To further assist with reporting crimes or emergency situations, 256 emergency phones are located throughout the campus, both inside and outside the buildings. These phones provide a direct line to the Office of Public Safety & Security; 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.  You can also visit the Office of Public Safety & Security in Barbelin Hall, room 13 or speak with any Public Safety Officer to make a report.  The Office of Public Safety & Security will provide assistance with contacting Philadelphia Police or Lower Merion Police, if needed.

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


The Clery Act requires “Campus Security Authorities” to report campus crime that may then be used to annually disclose Clery crime statistics in the Annual Security Report and to issue timely warnings for Clery crimes that pose a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.  “Campus Security Authorities,” as defined by the Clery Act, include “a campus security department; any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus security department (e.g., desk attendants); any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses (e.g., Title IX Coordinator); and an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings.” 

Professional and pastoral counselors are exempt from the reporting requirement while acting in that role and 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; Assistant Vice President for Student Life; Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Educational Support; Assistant Vice President of Campus Life; Administrative staff in: Adult Student Life, Campus Recreation, Career Development Center, Center for International Programs, Community Standards,  Residence  Life (including Resident Assistants); Student Health, Student Success and Educational Support, Student Leadership and Activities, Student Outreach and Support; Vice President and administrative staff in Athletics; all team coaches (full and part-time and Graduate Assistants) for Recreational Sports and Intercollegiate Athletics; Administrative staff in Campus Ministry. 
  • 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, Dining Services;  Facilities Management; Public Safety & Security and all Department of Public Safety & Security personnel to include uniformed officers, residence hall desk attendants, gate attendants, and drivers.
  • 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).


Except for communication made to professional and pastoral counselors while acting in that role and working within the scope of a license or certification, all “Campus Security Authorities” have an obligation to report all offenses to the Office of Public Safety & Security. 

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 will aid in the University’s ability to identify crime patterns, and those confidential reports that provide sufficient detailed information for classification of the offense using FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Guidelines will be included the annual crime statistics.  Note, providing personally identifying information may serve as notice to the University for the purpose of triggering an investigation.

An Anonymous Tip Line has been established to provide the Office of Public Safety & Security 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 & Security 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 Drop Box” located in the Drexel Library. The “Tip 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 the Office of Public Safety & Security. 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 (


Saint Joseph’s University will provide timely notice to the campus community regarding certain crimes covered by the Clery Act considered to be a serious or continuing threat to the safety of the campus community, which are reported to “Campus Security Authorities” as defined under the Clery Act. The Director of Public Safety & Security/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, flyers posted at various locations on campus, 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. SJU also has a siren/public address warning system and a cell phone text messaging system in the event of an emergency.

Saint Joseph’s University will make every effort not to release personally identifying information while still providing enough detail for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.


Information regarding the University's response to various emergency situations can be found in the Emergency Preparedness Plan located at  The Emergency Preparedness Plan contains notification and response procedures for a significant emergency or a dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the Saint Joseph’s University 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.  Public Safety & Security 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 Office of Public Safety & Security receives information regarding a significant emergency or a dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the SJU campus, the Director of Public Safety & Security/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 & Security/designee will confirm that there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees by reviewing available information, then determine the content of the notification, determine which segment(s) of the University community will receive the notification based on the available information, and initiate the notification system without delay, 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 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 & Security 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 the Office of Public Safety & Security.     

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 Offices of Public Safety & Security 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 Office of Public Safety & Security will publicize evacuation procedures in conjunction with at least one evacuation drill per calendar year via the Office of Public Safety & Security website (      


Saint Joseph's University does not tolerate sexual violence on its campus, at University-sponsored events, or off campus, by any member of the Saint Joseph's community.  SJU’s policy on sexual violence is stated in its entirety in the Student Handbook and the University's web site at The policy: 1) states the University’s policy on sexual violence, 2) identifies and describes procedures and resources available to those who believe that they have experienced conduct that constitutes sexual violence, 3) identifies possible sanctions for violations of this policy and appeals procedures under this policy, and 4) highlights educational programs and resources addressing sexual violence. 

An individual who believes that s/he has been subjected to sexual violence (complainant) is urged to report such conduct immediately to the Office of Public Safety & Security (610-660-1111) and/or the local police (911).  Also, a report may be made to the Title IX Coordinator (Dr. Mary-Elaine Perry, 610-660-1145,, Campion 239A) if the respondent is a student; the Vice President for Student Life (Dr. Cary Anderson, 610-660-1045,, Campion 239) if the respondent is a student; the Provost (Dr. Rosalind Reichard, 610-660-1207,, Regis Hall) if the respondent is a faculty member; or the Vice President for Human Resources (Ms. Sharon O’Grady Eisenmann, 610-660-3336,, 215 Merion Place) if the respondent is an employee who is not a faculty member, or is an independent contractor, volunteer, trustee and visitor. The Office of Public Safety & Security will provide information about the option to file a criminal complaint.  If the complainant so desires, the Office of Public Safety & Security will assist him/her in contacting the local police.  This office will also provide information for contacting a member of REPP (610-733-9650; available 24 hours a day) and/or contact the CAPS Counselor on call if s/he so desires.

The complainant should be medically examined as soon as possible. Once the complainant contacts the Office of Public Safety & Security, s/he will receive support and information regarding options for moving forward. Evidence, including clothing, drinks, glasses, bed linens, etc., should be preserved.  In order to preserve evidence, the complainant should not shower or bathe. The timely preservation and collection of relevant evidence is important should criminal charges be pursued.

The goal of the University’s response is to offer support services to the complainant and respondent, while seeking to provide a safe educational and working environment.  To this end, the University will take steps to prevent sexual violence from occurring through prevention and education.  However, when such conduct occurs, the University will take all necessary and reasonable steps to stop the alleged conduct and provide support to the complainant, the respondent, and, as necessary, to other members of the University community, at the time the assault is reported, during the investigation process and afterward.

  • Immediate medical and/or psychological assistance will be made available to the complainant and respondent.  The Office of Public Safety & Security will provide transportation to a hospital that specializes in sexual assault examination and care, if appropriate.  The complainant will be offered support from the Rape Education Prevention Program (REPP) (610-733-9650, available 24 hours a day), the University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff (610-660-1090), or victim services agencies throughout the process.
  • The Office of Public Safety & Security will provide guidance to the individuals concerning the preservation of relevant evidence, provide options for notifying law enforcement, and assist complainants with notifying law enforcement, if desired or otherwise deemed necessary.
  • Certain academic, residential and/or employment interim remedial measures may be instituted in order to address the situation pending an investigation and ultimate resolution.   Likewise, long-term remedial measures may be implemented in order to remedy the effects of sexual violence.  Such measures may require changes in, or exceptions to, University services or policies.
  • The Office of Public Safety & Security, in consultation with other offices, as necessary, will authorize contact restrictions between the complainant and respondent for the protection of either or both parties.    

On campus resources include:

  • Office of Public Safety & Security - 610-660-1111 - Barbelin, room 13
  • Title IX Coordinator - Dr. Mary-Elaine Perry - 610-660-1145 - - Campion 239A
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Ms. Renie Shields - 610-660-2584 - - Barry Hall
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Ms. Nancy DuBoise - 610-660-3313 - - 215 Merion Place
  • Counseling & Psychological Services (confidential) - 610-660-1090 - Merion Gardens A-504 
  • Student Health Center - 610-660-1175 - Sourin (ground floor)

 Off campus resources include:

  • Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center - 300 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 - (forensic evidence collection available)
  • Lankenau Hospital - 100 E. Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA 19096 - (forensic evidence collection available)
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital - 130 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 - (forensic evidence collection available)
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center - - Phone: 717-909-0710 - Toll Free: 877-739-3895 
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape - - Toll Free Hotline: 888-772-7227
  • Women Organized Against Rape - - Phone: 215-985-3315 - Hotline: 215-985-3333
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence - - Phone: 717-545-6400 - Toll Free: 800-932-4632
  • Women Against Abuse - - Hotline: 866-723-3014
  • Victim Services Center (Montgomery Co.) - - 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 888-521-0983 - Sexual Violence Hotline: 610-277-5200 - Other Crimes: 610-ASSIST-1
  • Family Law Unit of Philadelphia Legal Aid - and - Phone: 215-981-3800
  • The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights - The Wanamaker Building - 100 Penn Square East, Suite 515 - Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 - Telephone: 215-656-8541 - Facsimile: 215-656-8605 - Email:

When the respondent is a student, the alleged offense will be handled under the Community Standards process ( as a potential violation, along with any other alleged violations of the Community Standards in connection with the incident. (This is in addition to any criminal procedures that the complainant chooses to pursue.)  In matters involving allegations of sexual violence, the respondent and complainant are entitled to equal process (which includes having the same opportunities to have others present during campus disciplinary proceedings, as outlined in the Community Standards process).  In addition to notifying the respondent, the University will notify in writing the alleged victim of a crime of violence, sexual harassment including sexual violence, or retaliation of the aforementioned, or if the sanction directly relates to the complainant (e.g., contact restriction), or to the alleged victim’s next of kin (if the victim dies as a result of the crime or offense), the outcome and sanctions of the complaint related to the victim. The final results of these proceedings may also, in some cases, be disclosed to the University community.  In cases of sexual violence, both the respondent and complainant shall have the right to appeal the decision.  If there is an appeal, the appeals panel will convey their decision in writing to both parties, in the case of sexual violence. 

Violations of this policy by students may subject the offending individual to sanctions, up to and including permanent separation from the University (i.e., expulsion).  A comprehensive list of potential sanctions for students is provided below:

  • Warning. Written notice given and kept on file.
  • Program Attendance or Facilitation. Expectation to attend or facilitate an educational program(s).
  • Writing Assignment. Requirement to complete a relevant research and/or reflection paper.
  • Discretionary Sanctions. Requirement to complete and/ or participate in work assignments, community service, University services or programs, or other related discretionary assignments.
  • Loss of Privileges. Denial of specific privileges for a defined period of time (e.g., guest, computer, housing selection, visitation, dining services, University representation, cocurricular activities, athletic participation, work study position, leadership role).
  • Counseling Assessments/Meetings. Assignment to complete a number of counseling sessions including but not limited to anger management, alcohol or drug assessments, and alcohol education classes.
  • Fines. Requirement to pay a specified monetary fee to the University. Fine money shall be used for educational and nonalcoholic alternative programs.
  • Restitution. Requirement to make payment to the University, other persons, groups, or organizations for damages.
  • Administrative Relocation in University Housing. Requirement to be placed in an assigned or relocated space in University housing.
  • Disciplinary Probation. A period of fixed duration, during which the status of a student or organization at the University may be evaluated. This includes the possibility of more severe sanctions if the student or organization is found responsible for violating the Community Standards during the probationary period.
  • Deferred Suspension. A designated period of time during which a student is given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to abide by the community’s expectations of behavior articulated in the Community Standards. If the student is found in violation of any University standard during the time of deferred suspension, an outcome may include separation from the University community, i.e., suspension, expulsion.
  • Removal from University Residence. Separation from the residence halls for a defined period of time. The student may be prohibited from participating in the University dining program. The student shall be barred from entering all residences within the University residential community during the time of removal from campus housing.
  • Suspension. Separation from the University for a specified period of time.  The student or student organization shall not participate in any University-sponsored activity and may be banned from the University premises. The University will not accept any credits earned from another institution during this period toward a University degree. In the case of residence hall groups, this sanction may include the disbanding of a living unit, and in the case of a student organization, this may include the removal of recognition. Reinstatement shall require the approval of the Vice President for Student Life/Associate Provost.
  • Expulsion. Permanent separation from the University and University facilities.
  • Revocation of Admission and/or Degree. Admission to or a degree awarded from the University may be revoked at any time for fraud, misrepresentation, or another violation of Community Standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
  • Withholding Degree.  The University may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in the Community Standards, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.

When the respondent is a non-student (employee, independent contractor, volunteer, trustee, visitor), the alleged offense will be handled under the Complaint Procedure of the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation.  Sanctions include corrective and/or disciplinary action. 

Corrective action may include:

  • an order to avoid future contact with the complainant,
  • a requirement for an apology,
  • a transfer (e.g., to another department, class, office, residence),
  • participation in counseling and/or training.

Disciplinary action may include:

  • written reprimand,
  • suspension,
  • termination, discharge, or dismissal from the University.

The University is dedicated to providing information and resources to educate the University community about sexual offense prevention and awareness.  Education and prevention resources are available on the University website at the following locations:

The support website ( contains information about options to report sexual offenses, medical care, how to help a survivor of a sexual offense, what to do if you or a friend is assaulted, definitions of key terms, resources for support on campus and off campus, and contact information for SJU’s Title IX Coordinator. 

In addition, distribution of the Student Handbook, which contains the Sexual Violence Policy, and New Student Orientation programming, continues this educational effort.  For example, all first year and transfer undergraduate day students are required to complete “Think About It,” a program that prepares new college students for the unique challenges and responsibilities of college life.  Focusing on minimizing risks associated with alcohol, drugs, and sexual violence, “Think About It” takes a harm-reduction approach that resonates with students and results in a healthy campus culture.  Likewise, New Student Orientation includes “Break the Silence:  Sexual Violence on Campus & What to Do About It” coordinated by Student Outreach & Support, which addresses, among other topics:

  • Sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, and stalking
  • Consent, including alcohol’s role in consent
  • Strategies and options to safely intervene and help as a bystander if you see something that seems wrong
  • How to help and support a friend
  • Options to report sexual violence on and off campus
  • Resources for support, including confidential resources

The student newspaper also regularly publishes “incidents of crime” on and around campus.  These periodic reports are supplied by the Office of Public Safety & Security on a weekly basis during the fall and spring semesters. 

Beyond New Student Orientation, additional sexual offense programming is provided each semester to various segments of the student population throughout the academic year by Student Life (as sponsors or co-sponsors); and targeted sexual offense programming is offered by various groups to certain populations (e.g. Athletes, First Year Students, Greeks, resident students, service and immersion trip leaders, and other groups as needed).  

The University also provides training to faculty and staff members responsible for responding to, investigating, or adjudicating sexual offenses. 


In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and as a Catholic, Jesuit institution, the Saint Joseph’s University alcohol and drug policies reinforce the University’s commitment to maintaining an environment that is dedicated to the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological development of all persons.  These policies are guided by the care and concern for the individual person and the welfare of others.  The Annual Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Report provides more detailed information about Saint Joseph’s University alcohol and drug programs (

To reflect its commitment to alcohol and drug awareness, the University calls upon key individuals and departments to educate the University community on the dangers of alcohol abuse and drug use:

  • The Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education (WADE) program coordinates alcohol and drug education and programming, as well as materials to assist students with issues concerning alcohol and drug usage.
  • Members of the Division of Student Life and the Office of Public Safety and Security assist in implementing and enforcing the policy.
  • The Advisory Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Student Health assists the Vice President for Student Life/Associate Provost by making recommendations for an overall vision and plan for the wellness, alcohol, and drug education needs of Saint Joseph’s University.

The University is vitally interested in the well-being of all members of its community.  In view of this, the University makes available to all members of its community a counseling office staffed by licensed psychologists and doctoral level trainees. The services of a qualified psychiatrist and a substance abuse specialist are also available. The University strongly urges its members to take advantage of these services. In addition, the counseling office 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 (CAPS) - 610-660-1090
  • Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education (WADE) - 610-660-3462

 Local Resources

  • Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous (On Campus) - 610-660-3462  contact WADE for more information
  • Student Substance Recovery Meeting - Temple University - 215-204-7276
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - 444 N. 3rd St., Phila. - 215-923-7900
  • Marijuana Anonymous - Trinity Church, 19th and Walnut St., Phila. - 215-525-1525


The University policy concerning the use and sale of alcoholic beverages is intended to conform to the applicable statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is stated in full in the Student Handbook ( and on the Office of Human Resources website (

Saint Joseph’s alcohol policy combines observance of state law, protection of the overall community, and reduction of high risk behavior.  It should be understood that the University in no way is a co-sponsor to off campus alcoholic events unless it has specifically stated this prior to the event.

In compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, no person under twenty-one years of age shall attempt or 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 twenty-one years of age.

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.


The University policy concerning the possession, use, and sale of illegal drugs is intended to conform to the applicable statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States, and is stated in full in the Student Handbook ( and on the Office of Human Resources website (

Saint Joseph’s drug policy combines observance of state law and federal law, and protection of the overall community.  Saint Joseph’s University prohibits the unlawful sale, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of any illegal 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.


The Firearms Policy is stated in full in the Student Handbook ( and on the Office of Human Resources website (  The carrying, 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 policy concerning the prohibition against the carrying, and presence, of firearms on campus, is intended to conform to applicable statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Such statutes define firearms as any pistol, revolver, shotgun, or any weapon which is capable of firing a projectile. 


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 Office of Public Safety & Security at 610-660-1111.  The Missing Student Notification will generate a Public Safety & Security 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 Office of Public Safety & Security 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 confidential missing person contact within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing.  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 within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, in addition to any emergency or confidential contacts listed. 

Each student residing in on campus housing has the option to register a confidential contact person to be notified within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, if the student has been determined missing by the Office of Public Safety & Security.  Registration is available via MySJU and the information collected will only be accessible to authorized University officials.  The confidential contact person may not be disclosed except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.  Regardless of a student’s age, and regardless of whether a student registered a confidential contact person, the University will notify Philadelphia or Lower Merion Police within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, unless the local law enforcement agency was the entity that made the determination that the student is 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.


The University has no policy concerning the admission of students with criminal records and student 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 Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, a federal law, requires institutions of higher education to advise the campus community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.  In Pennsylvania, information about sexually violent predators is accessible at the follow website:  For more information about sex offender registration in Pennsylvania, call 717-783-4363 or visit


Saint Joseph’s University encourages all campus community members to be responsible for their safety and that of others.  Security awareness and crime prevention programs are implemented throughout the year. Special emphasis on the Office of Public Safety & Security services and crime prevention practices are made during New Student Orientation programs. Articles are also published in the student newspaper weekly and special crime prevention tips are posted on MySJU. Members of the Office of Public Safety & Security also address new employees at orientation sessions conducted by the Office of Human Resources twice per month. Additionally, the Office of Public Safety & Security collaborates with Student Life to facilitate safety initiatives for students.  For example, a presentation on students’ rights and responsibilities on and off campus occurs once per year.  This presentation is usually co-sponsored with members of local and state law enforcement; Public Safety & Security; Community Standards; and Wellness, Alcohol & Drug Education.  Public Safety & Security, Student Life, and Government & Community Relations personnel also visit off campus houses with student residents throughout the year to speak with them about safety and crime prevention (i.e., burglary assessment, access security).  First year resident students receive weekly newsletters, and some safety-related topics included: iCARE campaign/bystander intervention education, staying safe (on campus and off campus safety tips); being a good community member; and Spring Break safety.  Additionally, (active and passive) programs are facilitated within the Residence Halls throughout the year.  Some safety-related examples include: Healthy Relationships Bulletin Board; Wellness, Alcohol & Drug Education Workshop: Alcohol Education & Safety; Alcohol Awareness; Addictions Awareness Bulletin Board; Take Back the Night; Cooking Tips & Cooking Safety Programs; Bullying Bulletin Board; Safety Around Campus Bulletin Board; "Know your IX: 9 Things to Know about Title IX" Bulletin Board; Health & Safety Inspection Meetings to prepare for Winter Closing; Hooking Up; and Drug Jeopardy. 

The Office of Public Safety & Security coordinates University shuttle and escort services (  The shuttle runs on and off campus every day at regularly scheduled times.  The escort service is intended to supplement the shuttle service. Escorts will be provided to residences not serviced by the shuttle and residences on the shuttle schedule during the period when the shuttle does not operate. The purpose of the escort service is to safely transport members of the campus community to and from the main campus to residences reasonably close to campus.  The escort service fills the gap in our shuttle service during the hours of darkness and in unusual circumstances. Escorts may be given on foot as well as a vehicle. Escorts will be available to all persons who request an escort, including students, staff, employees, visitors and/or guests by calling 610-660-1010.  Several years ago, the University Student Senate partnered with the Office of Public Safety & Security and the Office of Information Technology to purchase the license and install “Transloc” in the shuttles. This new app allows campus community members to track the University shuttles from their smartphone or computer. Campus community members can also set alerts from any cell phone, and track the shuttles on the monitors located throughout campus, including the Mandeville Lobby.

If you are interested in learning more about security awareness or crime prevention programs, please contact the Director of Public Safety & Security at 610-660-1164.


Saint Joseph’s University does not have any off campus locations (including housing) of student organizations, which are officially recognized by the institution.


There are 8954 students enrolled at Saint Joseph's University across full and part time programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Approximately 60% of the undergraduate day students live in University housing. Saint Joseph's employs 321 full-time faculty, 335 adjunct faculty, 808 full-time employees and 108 part-time employees.


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. 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. Weekly 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.


Residence halls are staffed by Public Safety & 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.  To enter some classroom buildings and other campus facilities, SJU identification cards must be used in the card access readers.   

Public Safety & Security personnel and Residence Life staff work together to enforce security measures in the residence halls.  The most secure facilities, however, are those in which residents exercise common sense and have a genuine concern for other residents.

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.


Classes are usually limited to registered students, but lectures, athletic contests, and plays are open to the community. Certain events require a campus ID and persons not having proper identification 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.


It is important to note that the crime classifications for which colleges and universities must provide statistics (to comply with the Clery Act) differ under state and federal law.  Statistics for certain crime classifications might appear to be different.  For example, the federal statistics for motor vehicle theft differ from the state statistics for the same category because the federal classification includes attempted motor vehicle thefts, while state law requires institutions to separately report attempted motor vehicle thefts. 

The crime statistics reported under the Clery Act include the following crimes, as defined under the Clery Act. 


  • Non-negligent Manslaughter (Murder): The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
  • Manslaughter by Negligence (Criminal Homicide): The killing of another person through gross negligence.
  • Forcible Sex Offenses: Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
    • Forcible Rape: Carnal knowledge of a person forcibly and/or against the person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).
    • Forcible Sodomy: Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    • Sexual Assault with an Object: Use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    • Forcible Fondling: Touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
  • Non-forcible Sex Offenses: Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.
    • Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
    • Statutory Rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the age of consent.
  • Robbery: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  • Aggravated Assault: An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
  • Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
  • Arson: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action

  • Liquor Law Violations: The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transportation, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. (Public Drunkenness and Driving Under the Influence are not included in this definition).
  • Drug Abuse Violations: Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
  • Weapons - Carrying, Possessing, Etc.: The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Hate Crimes  

The Clery Act requires the release of statistics by category of prejudice concerning the occurrence of hate crimes in several of the criminal offenses noted above, in addition to larceny-theft; simple assault; intimidation; destruction, damage or vandalism of property; and a crime involving bodily injury, against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias. Bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity/national origin. In accordance with the March 7, 2013 Violence Against Women Act Amendments to the Clery Act, additional hate crimes offenses that were motivated by the victim’s actual or perceived gender identity or national origin were added to the Annual Security Report in 2014.

The definitions of additional hate crimes categories are as follows:

  • Larceny-Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession, or constructive possession, of another.
  • Simple Assault: An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggrieved bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.
  • Intimidation: To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.
  • Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property: to willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.

In accordance with the March 7, 2013 Violence Against Women Act Amendments to the Clery Act, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking were added to the Annual Security Report in 2014. 

  • Domestic Violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or who has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; or as “domestic violence” is otherwise defined under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship will be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with a consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.  Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. 
  • Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or suffer severe emotional distress; or as “stalking” is otherwise defined by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  One engages in an impermissible course of conduct if one engages in two or more acts that include, but are not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person in a way prohibited as described above, or interferes with a person’s property.


The Clery Act requires statistics for an expanded area beyond the campus and it requires these statistics to be shown in specific geographic categories.  The Clery Act defines these categories as:

  • On-Campus (OC): Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and  is within or is reasonably contiguous to the institution and owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor). Note that incidents shown in the On-Campus Residential category are also included in the statistics shown in the Campus category.
  • On-Campus Residential (OCR): A sub-category of On-Campus showing the number of on-campus incidents that occur in dormitories or other residential facilities for students on campus. 
  • Non-campus Building or Property (NC): Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization recognized by the University and any building or property (other than a branch campus) owned or controlled by an institution of higher education that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purpose, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
  • Public Property (PP): All public property that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus, such as a sidewalk, a street, other thoroughfare, or parking facility.


The statistics listed below are the number of crimes reported to Public Safety & Security, Student Life, other “Campus Security Authorities,” and police departments (local and abroad), as defined by the Clery Act. They do not reflect the outcome of investigations by Saint Joseph's University or the pertinent police department.


2013 ASR1

2013 ASR2

2013 ASR3


2012 ASR1

2012 ASR2


2011 ASR1

2011 ASR2


In addition to the Clery Act, the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting Act requires the release of crime statistics and rates to students and employees, and it requires that those statistics be available to applicants and new employees upon request. 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 (6637) plus the number of FTE employees (1277). The 2013 FTE is therefore 7913 or 12.64.  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.






The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) was signed into law in August 2008 and contains several crucial campus safety components. One of the main provisions of the HEOA is the Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act. This provision calls for all Title IV eligible institutions that participate in Title IV programs and maintain on campus student housing facilities to publish an annual fire safety report that outlines fires safety systems, policies, practices, and statistics. The following report discloses all information required by HEOA as it relates to Saint Joseph’s University.

Fire Log

Institutions must maintain a fire log that reflects the nature of the fire, date, time and general location of each fire in on campus student housing facilities. Saint Joseph’s University complies with this rule by including all fire-related incidents in the Daily Fire Log.

The Office of Public Safety & Security maintains a Fire Log of all incidents reported. This log includes the incident type, date the incident was reported, date and time the incident occurred, general location of each reported incident and the disposition of the incident if that information is known. The Office of Public Safety & Security posts specific incidents in the Fire Log within two (2) business days of receiving a report of an incident and reserves the right to exclude reports from the log in certain circumstances as permitted by law. The most current 60 days of information is available in the Office of Public Safety & Security located in Barbelin Hall, room 13.

Statement of University Owned/Controlled Student Housing

During the 2013 calendar year, Saint Joseph’s University owned and operated 8 multi-floor student housing facilities with room-, suite-, or apartment-style living. The University also maintains lease agreement with the Pennbrook Apartments and Lancaster Court Apartments to house students in the Hastings and Weymouth multi-floor apartment buildings. In addition, the University owned and operated 1 townhouse-style student housing facility and 8 small houses.  All student housing facilities are equipped with an automatic sprinkler system and a monitored fire alarm system. The University campus is situated in both the City of Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township and the University works closely with the Fire Departments and Emergency Responders of both counties.

Resident students and Residence Life staff receive fire safety training at the beginning of each academic year. Supervised fire drills are conducted twice a semester in each student housing facility. Evacuation maps are posted on the back of room doors and/or at each building exit and identify evacuation assembly locations.


The HEOA calls for the disclosure of statistics for each student housing facility as they relate to the occurrence of fires for the most recent and two preceding calendar years. A separate chart is provided to illustrate the types of fire safety systems within each student housing facility and the number of fire drills conducted. The statistics on the following pages are as reported to the Saint Joseph’s University Office of Public Safety & Security.


Fire 2013


Fire 2012


 Fire 2011

Fire Systems

Residence Life Fire Safety Policy

Fire Safety Precaution

Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility. Carelessness affects not only one student’s safety, but, that of every resident of the building. All residents should actively avoid creating fire hazards. As explained in the Student Handbook, all residents should actively avoid creating fire hazards and are not permitted to:

  • Smoke anywhere in University residential buildings. This includes use of Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cigs).
  • Possess or use candles, incense or oil lamps.
  • Possess a non-University issued mattress.
  • Cover exterior of room door with flammable decorations.
  • Use non-fire retardant window coverings.
  • Hang items from fire sprinkler heads, pipes, heat detectors, or smoke detectors.
  • Cover or tamper with smoke detectors.
  • Hang items from lights or ceilings.
  • Hang lights out of windows or over top of window coverings.
  • Use Medusa lamps with plastic shades, halogen lamps, holiday/decorative lamps, (rope lighting), or electrical decorations that are not UL approved.
  • Overload electrical outlets (MUST use surge protectors).
  • Run electrical cords under carpets or furniture.
  • Bring in live Christmas trees.
  • Put anything in front of, on top of, or against heating vents or radiators.
  • Store excessive trash, paper, or flammable items (paint, fuel, propane tanks, etc.).
  • Have explosive devices (fireworks, firearms and weapons).
  • Use open flames inside/outside the buildings (i.e. barbecue grills).
  • Use toaster ovens, hot plates, sandwich makers, waffle irons, traditional coffee makers with exposed heat plates, or “George Foreman” type cooking apparatuses (not applicable in Campus Apartments).

This list is not all inclusive. Additional items may be added as deemed necessary by University personnel or as outlined in the University’s Housing Agreement. Violating the aforementioned is considered a violation of the Community Standards and can carry heavy fines ranging from $50 to $200. Students should immediately report any observed fire hazard to Public Safety & Security or Residence Life staff.  

Fire Safety Regulations

Alarms:  The University holds routine fire safety drills twice a semester in each student housing facility in accordance with Pennsylvania State Law, and all residents are expected to participate. Students may not disregard a fire alarm or refuse to evacuate a building in which an alarm is sounding, regardless of its nature (drill, false alarm, or actual alert). Residents who fail to evacuate a building in a voluntary and timely manner will be subject to disciplinary action and possible change or removal of University housing. Initiating a false fire alarm is a clear violation of Community Standards and can be sanctioned with a fine up to $500.

Equipment: Tampering with or misuse of fire safety equipment (extinguishers, smoke detectors, alarms, sprinklers, exit signs) is considered to be exceptionally dangerous behavior in a residential community. Such behavior represents a serious violation of the Community Standards and can result in fines up to $200 in addition to any resulting costs for necessary repairs/inspection of equipment.

University Smoking Policy

Background and Purpose

It is the intent of this policy to promote a healthier environment for all members of the Saint Joseph’s University community, and to protect the health of non-smokers. Medical evidence clearly shows that smoking is harmful to the health of smokers and non-smokers alike. It is also an irritant to many non-smokers and can worsen allergy conditions. In sufficient concentrations, secondhand smoke may be harmful to those with chronic heart or lung disease. In addition, there is evidence that long term exposure to secondhand smoke may seriously threaten the health of non-smokers.


The definition of smoking includes the inhaling and carrying of any lit cigarettes, cigars, or pipes.


Saint Joseph’s University considers the needs and concerns of smokers, and non-smokers alike, in providing a healthful campus environment. All Saint Joseph’s University students, faculty, staff, contractors and guests are expected to comply with these regulations:

  • Smoking is ONLY permitted in the outdoor locations with a sign that designates a smoking area. These areas are located far enough away from doorways, open windows and ventilation systems to prevent smoke from entering University buildings and facilities. Smokers are responsible to dispose of waste in proper receptacles.
  • All University buildings, including academic, administrative, athletic facilities, and residence areas are smoke free.
  • Smoking is not permitted:
    • in University vehicles, including buses and vans;
    • on any athletic or intramural field including the spectator viewing areas in the immediate vicinity of the fields.
  • No employee or contractor may smoke while they are in the conduct of their job (aside from break periods in designated smoking areas) whether they work inside or outdoors.
  • The advertisement, sale, or promotion of tobacco products on campus and the sponsoring of campus events by tobacco companies or tobacco-promoting organizations is not permitted.

Responsibility and Enforcement

Notice of this policy is to be provided to all students, faculty, staff and contractors through established communication channels. This policy relies on the thoughtfulness and consideration of smokers and non-smokers. All members of the University community and guests of the University are responsible for observing this policy. The Environmental Safety Office has overall responsibility for the implementation and enforcement this policy. Concerns regarding the policy should be referred to that office in Moore Hall at 610-660-3037. Enforcement concerns for faculty and staff should be referred to Human Resources and for students to the Office of Community Standards.

Student Housing Evacuation Procedures

Fire is only one of the possible emergency conditions which could require the evacuation of a building. Chemical spills, the release of toxic or corrosive gases, civil unrest or a bomb threat are all emergencies that could create an immediate need to evacuate a building or area.

In the event of any fire or other emergency, a report shall be made immediately by calling 911 and 610-660-1111 (or 1111 from an on campus telephone). This report shall include the type and location of the emergency. Once the emergency has been reported, the person receiving the report shall set into motion the emergency action plan to deal with the particular 911 emergency.

The presence of smoke or a visible fire provides sufficient cause to evacuate a building. For other emergencies, the decision whether to or not to evacuate the facility or a specific area of the campus will be made by the Incident Commander or such persons as he/she designates. When an emergency requires the assistance of an outside agency, the Incident Commander or his/her designee will call the needed outside emergency organization as the situation dictates.

If a building (or buildings) must be evacuated, the building fire alarm shall be used as the signal to evacuate. When the alarm sounds, all occupants must promptly vacate the building. The occupants shall calmly evacuate the building following the exit signs. Do not use elevators. If time permits, the occupants should turn off all machinery, equipment, and lights, and close doors. Individuals who use a wheel chair or are otherwise unable to descend stairs should proceed immediately to the nearest exit if they are on the ground floor, or to the nearest set of fire stairs. If unable to descend the stairs, persons with a disability should wait calmly on a fire stair landing, preferably with an able-bodied evacuee. Another able-bodied evacuee must be advised to immediately notify emergency personnel of the exact location of the handicapped individual and his/her companion.

After evacuating the building, all evacuees must report to an assembly area designated by the Office of Public Safety & Security. Such assembly areas shall be located at least 100 yards from the emergency and in a location that will not interfere with emergency response personnel. To the extent possible, Residence Life staff shall account for students under their charge and report any individual known or presumed to be missing to the Public Safety Shift Manager (Captain) or Public Safety Shift Supervisor (Lieutenant), or the Command Center, if one has been established.

Re-entry into an evacuated building or area is prohibited until permission is granted by the Office of Public Safety & Security.

Fire Safety Education and Training

Saint Joseph’s University conducts in-depth fire safety training with the Residence Life staff. During annual summer Resident Assistant (RA) training, sessions are held covering emergency response, fire safety, fire evacuation protocol, and the role of an RA in any fire emergency. The RAs are also trained on fire extinguisher use and basic level fire extinguishing techniques. The RAs are then responsible for training their residents on fire and emergency evacuation protocol in their floor meetings at the beginning of the academic year. Each month, the RAs play an active role in the fire drills conducted by the Office of Public Safety & Security. The Office of Residence Life sponsors Fire Safety Week in October of each year. RAs participate in a fire safety information-themed bulletin board contest. The bulletin boards are displayed throughout the residence halls and ensure that information is provided to a wide audience of resident students. Another popular educational aspect of Fire Safety Week is the distribution of pot holders and microwavable popcorn printed with safe cooking tips to the residents with microwaves or kitchens. The majority of unwanted alarms are a result of burnt food or poor cooking habits. The pot holders and popcorn are one example of the efforts that Residence Life has taken to reduce unwanted alarms.

The Office of Public Safety & Security conducts Emergency Preparedness training on an annual basis. The training is open to the entire University community and covers the Emergency Preparedness Plan, Fire Evacuation, and Fire Prevention. The Saint Joseph’s University Emergency Preparedness Plan contains sections on Preferred Means of Reporting Fires and Emergencies and the Emergency Fire Alarm System. The Emergency Preparedness Plan, along with evacuation maps and procedures, is available at


  • Cause of Fire: The factor or factors that give rise to a fire. The causal factor may be, but is not limited to, the result of an intentional or unintentional action, mechanical failure, or act of nature.
  • Fire: Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.
  • Fire Drill: A supervised practice of mandatory evacuation of a building for a fire.
  • Fire-related injury: Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including an injury sustained from a natural or accidental cause, while involved in fire control, attempting to rescue, or escaping from the dangers of a fire. The term “person” may include students, employees, visitors, firefighters, or any other individual.
  • Fire-related death: Any instance in which a person—
    • is killed as a result of a fire, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of a fire; or
    • dies within one year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.
  • Fire safety system: Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire, the warning resulting from a fire, or the control of a fire. This may include sprinkler systems or other fire extinguishing systems, fire detection devices, stand-alone smoke alarms, devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights; smoke-control and reduction mechanisms; and fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire.
  • Value of property damage: The estimated value of the loss of the structure and contents, in terms of the cost of replacement in like kind and quantity. This estimate should include contents damaged by fire, and related damages caused by smoke, water, and overhaul; however, it does not include indirect loss, such as business interruption.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Police or Fire Emergency Lower Merion and Philadelphia - 911
  • Office of Public Safety & Security - 610-660-1111
  • Anonymous Tip Line (24 hours a day) - 610-660-1114
  • Office of Student Life - 610-660-1045
  • Office of Residence Life - 610-660-1062
  • Office of Facilities Management - 610-660-3000
  • Environmental Health & Safety - 610-660-3037
  • University Operator - 610-660-1000
  • Lower Merion Police Non-emergency - 610-649-1000
  • Lower Merion Fire Non-emergency - 610-645-6190
  • Philadelphia Police Non-emergency - 215-686-1776
  • Philadelphia Fire Non-emergency - 215-686-1300


Parking Information

Operation of motor vehicles on University property is a privilege granted by the University. It may be withdrawn at any time if you fail to comply with the rules and regulations set forth.  Failure to comply may also result in your vehicle being towed from campus at your expense. This applies to any vehicle whether it is a car, truck, van or a motorcycle.

University parking is available to all employees, students, visitors and to those persons who conduct business with the University. Availability is on a first come, first served basis, if you are eligible. To be eligible to park on campus you must obtain a full time, part time or visitors parking permit. Resident freshmen and sophomore students are not permitted parking privileges, including temporary permits, under any circumstances (see Student Vehicle Policy below).

Handicapped persons who have a State-issued disability parking placard or registration plate for their vehicles must obtain a University parking permit to park their vehicles on University property in the spaces reserved for handicapped parking. State issued handicapped identification alone does not permit parking on University property. Students and employees who are temporarily handicapped due to accidents etc. must also obtain state-issued temporary disability placards before applying for an SJU handicapped permit. Information for the State of Pennsylvania can be found at Information for the State of New Jersey can be found at

Payment for parking permits needs to be made via credit card or payroll deduction online at MySJU (refer to the “Purchase Parking Permit” link on the “SJU Today” tab). Under no circumstances may departmental operating budgets and/or private donations be used to pay for permits. Permits can then be picked up at the Office of Public Safety & Security at any time. Permits will still be sold on a first come, first served basis. Employees and students who have unpaid parking violations from the previous year will not be permitted to purchase a parking permit until all charges have been settled.

The parking permit fees for the 2014-2015 academic year are as follows:

  • Reserved parking: $830
  • Resident students: $362
  • Commuter students: $229
  • Full-time administrators & full-time faculty: $229
  • PLS & graduate students: $178
  • Full-time staff: $112
  • Part-time staff & part-time faculty: $59

Reserved parking permits are limited to those that have already been issued in prior years. Unfortunately, due to extremely limited capacity, we are unable to add any new reserved spots at this time. Payments for the reserved permits must be arranged in person at the Office of Public Safety & Security.

A special continued feature in the 2014-2015 parking program is that there will be a limited number of parking permits offered at a 30% discount for the Hawks’ Landing parking facility. Those individuals who choose this option will be restricted to parking only in Hawks’ Landing. The Hawks’ Landing discounted rates for 2014-2015, which will pertain to all categories except reserved parking, resident student parking, and parking in the Maguire Quinn Hall and Gabriel Hall lots (since those parking permits are specified for designated areas), are as follows:

The discount pricing for the 2014-2015 academic year is as follows:

  • Commuter students: $160
  • Full-time administrators & full-time faculty: $160
  • PLS & graduate students: $125
  • Full-time staff: $78
  • Part-time staff & part-time faculty: $41

As in prior years, the parking rates are based on an analysis of the revenue required to cover the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of all of our University parking facilities, along with a market comparison with other colleges and universities in the region. The 2014-2015 academic year rate increase is part of our multi-year plan to bring the financial profile of our parking operation closer to a break-even self-sustaining status, so that it pays for itself and does not have to be subsidized by tuition revenue or other sources.

Additional Key Parking Related Issues

  • Faculty and staff who are authorized to park in the Quinn Hall and Gabriel Hall gated lots on the Maguire Campus will be issued parking permits specific to those lots. Those individuals who are issued parking permits for the Quinn Hall and Gabriel Hall lots will be permitted to park on other University parking lots, with the exception of the Duperreault Lot.  Those employees that possess Quinn Hall and Gabriel Hall lot permits are not permitted to park on the Duperreault lot. The non-gated Duperreault Hall lot on the Maguire Campus will offer general parking to faculty, staff, and students on a space available basis. The Office of Public Safety & Security will provide a continuous van shuttle service throughout the fall and spring semesters. This service will be offered Monday through Thursday from 4:00pm to 10:00pm between the Hawks’ Landing parking facility and the pedestrian walkway that connects the Merion Campus and the Maguire Campus.
  • Parking in handicapped areas without an appropriate handicap permit will carry a fine of $75. Fraudulent or improper use of permit will carry a fine of $100.
  • Permits must be purchased for the full year. However, students or employees who are only going to be present for one semester, for whatever reason, should return their permit to the Office of Public Safety & Security before the spring semester starts and they will receive a refund of half the purchase price. Permits are not transferable from person to person. Hang tag permits may be transferred from vehicle to vehicle, provided the vehicles are driven by the same person who obtained the hang tag and all vehicles are registered with the Office of Public Safety & Security.
  • Permits are valid in all University parking lots with the exception of the numbered Reserved Spaces, Merion Gardens and Townhouse spaces. Students and employees who possess a valid permit will have their ID card activated for access to the Hawks’ Landing Parking Facility on 54th St. The University does not guarantee a space. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Townhouse, Merion Garden and Lannon & Rashford building spaces are only available to those residents who have registered their vehicle, or their parent’s vehicle, with the Office of Public Safety & Security and have obtained the necessary parking permit. Townhouse, Merion Gardens, and Lannon & Rashford Residence parking permits are not authorized to be used to park in any other lot on campus. They are only valid in the designated lots.
  • Temporary permits are available for visitors and guests. Temporary permits must be applied for at the Office of Public Safety & Security in Barbelin, room 13 and can be picked up at any time 24 hours a day. All temporary permits will expire 24 hours following the date of issue with the exception of long term temporary and handicapped permits. All visitors should park in the Mandeville parking lot where the gate attendant will provide them with a 1 day permit. There is no guarantee that parking will be available near the visitor’s destination. Faculty and Administrators who expect large numbers of visitors or groups of visitors must make application to the Office of Public Safety & Security at least ten (10) days in advance. Students who wish to obtain a temporary permit for a guest must apply in the Office of Public Safety & Security in person with the registration information of the vehicle they wish to park on campus.
  • The security of the parking permit is the responsibility of the purchaser. If your permit is lost or stolen it must be reported to the Office of Public Safety & Security immediately and it will be replaced for a nominal fee. The original permit will be voided and future use will result in appropriate fines. All tickets issued to a vehicle with a hang tag will be charged to the student or employee who was issued the permit.
  • Disabled vehicles must be reported to the Office of Public Safety & Security and the owner/driver should advise the Office of Public Safety & Security if it is to be towed or repaired. The owner/driver can have it towed by anyone and need not use a designated towing company. As a means of deterring theft, the Office of Public Safety & Security will not permit anyone to tow or repair a vehicle unless the owner/driver has first notified the Office of Public Safety & Security.
  • A list of violations, ticket, boot, and tow policies serve as guidelines for the enforcement of the parking rules and regulations. These policies can be obtained from the Office of Public Safety & Security in Barbelin, room 13 by any interested party.

How to Appeal a Parking Violation

Anyone wishing to appeal a ticket may do so online. Go to the and click on “Traffic Appeals Form” and complete the form. Appeals must be filed within 5 days of the date the ticket was issued. Appeals filed after the 5 day appeal period will not be considered. Once the appeal is received at Public Safety it is forwarded to the Appeals Board which consists of a faculty member, an employee and a student. Once the appeal is heard by the board, a decision letter is emailed to the student/employee. If the appeal is denied, a 2nd appeal can be made by completing another form online. This form will be sent to the Chairperson of the Appeals Board, a faculty member who is not on the hearing board, and he/she will make the final decision.

Boot and Towing Policy

  • A motor vehicle that remains illegally parked can be ticketed every 24 hours. A vehicle ticketed two (2) or more times in the same space over 72 hours and has not moved will be ticketed and booted and may be towed.
  • A vehicle parked in a manner so as to cause a hazard i.e.: blocking fire lanes, handicapped access, etc. will be ticketed and towed.
  • A vehicle illegally parked in a reserved space will be ticketed, booted or towed.
  • Vehicles with three or more unanswered tickets and whose owner or driver is unidentified will be booted or towed.
  • A vehicle displaying a fraudulent parking permit will be ticketed, booted or towed.
  • Employees and/or students who have any outstanding violations will not be permitted to purchase a parking permit the following year until all charges have been settled.


The general student vehicle policy at Saint Joseph’s University authorizes parking opportunities for third and fourth year undergraduates who obtain permits from the Office of Public Safety & Security. First year and second year residential students must leave vehicles at their family home. Students are prohibited from bringing their cars to campus and parking them on neighboring residential streets. The student operator of any vehicle that is found parked on a neighboring residential street without a valid parking permit is considered in violation of the Student Vehicle Policy and will be referred to the Office of Community Standards.

Restrictions on student parking are necessary at Saint Joseph’s University for three basic reasons: (1) first and second year students who spend the majority of their time on campus benefit by forging relationships within residence halls and involving themselves in campus-oriented weekend activities, campus ministry, athletics, and recreation; (2) limitations on the actual number of parking spaces on campus and; (3) out of respect for quality of life issues affecting communities adjacent to Saint Joseph’s University and the limited parking available on city streets. In limited instances, the University may extend an accommodation and issue parking permits to first and second year students. For the 2014-2015 academic school year, the following conditions will be considered:

  • First and second year students commuting from their family home may be issued parking permits.
  • First and second year students who have exceptional circumstances such as state issued handicapped plates or placards for a personal disability, or extreme family hardships as determined by the Office of Public Safety & Security may be issued parking permits. Employment is not considered a hardship.
  • Certain second year residential students residing in designated University facilities with sufficiently large parking lots including the Townhouses, Merion Gardens, and Lannon & Rashford Residence Halls may be issued parking permits specific to these lots.  Where the number of second year residential students residing in a University facility exceeds the number of available parking spots, provisional eligibility and permits for those lots will be awarded by lottery.

Violations of this policy are subject to tickets and fines issued by Saint Joseph’s University Public Safety Officers and will also be forwarded to the Office of Community Standards.

In addition, section 9-2804 of the Code of City of Philadelphia requires that all “students either provide the college or university with the model, make, and license number of any vehicles owned, operated or controlled by such student, and a copy of a current registration and valid insurance certificate for each such vehicle, or certify in writing that the student does not own, operate or control a vehicle.”


Any employee, faculty member, or student who drives a University-owned vehicle must go through a formal driver certification process. This process is initiated by completing the Authorized Driver Application Form and Agreement (ADAFA) and submitting it to the Office of Public Safety & Security. After a series of checks and the successful completion of Van Driver/Defensive Driver Training, the applicant will receive a Certified Driver card, indicating that they have successfully completed the program.

Van Driver/Defensive Driver Training is offered each semester, typically during the first few weeks to accommodate the student groups and activities that require students to become Certified Drivers. The training sessions last about an hour and are usually scheduled during “free period.” Announcements about the training sessions are made through email as well as the “SJU Today” tab on MySJU.

The Saint Joseph’s University Transportation Policy provides specific information regarding vehicle requests and the operation of University-owned vehicles. All applicants must review the Transportation Policy prior to completing the ADAFA. The SJU Transportation Policy is available online at


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Don’t respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial information, whether the message comes as an email, a phone call, a text message, or an ad. Don’t click on links in the message, or call phone numbers that are left on your voicemail.  If you get a message and are concerned about your account status, call the number on your credit or debit card — or your statement —and check it out. Remember, Saint Joseph’s University will never ask you for your email username or password.

Counterfeit Check Scams

Don’t agree to deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then wire money back, no matter how convincing the story. By law, banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks.  You are responsible for the checks you deposit: When a check turns out to be a fake, you are responsible for paying back the bank.

Get Rich Quick Schemes

Remember there’s no such thing as a sure thing. Avoid engaging in a promotion for a low-risk, high-return investment opportunity, if it doesn’t seem legit. When you hear pitches that insist you act now, guarantee big profits, promise little or no financial risk, or demand that you send cash immediately, report them to the Federal Trade Commission.

Social Engineering Scams

Individuals’ email or social networking accounts are being compromised and used in a social engineering scam to swindle consumers out of thousands of dollars. Portraying to be the victim, the hacker uses the victim’s account to send a notice to their contacts. The notice claims the victim is in immediate need of money due to being robbed of their credit cards, passport, money, and cell phone, leaving them stranded in some other location (i.e., London). Some claim they only have a few days to pay their hotel bill and promise to reimburse you upon their return home. A sense of urgency to help their friend/contact may cause you to fail to validate the claim, increasing the likelihood of you falling for this scam. If you receive a similar notice and are not sure if it is a scam, you should always verify the information before sending any money.


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Remember: you can become the victim of a crime at any time. Always be alert to your surroundings. Do not walk alone after dark! Call for an escort at 610-660-1111 or just dial extension 1111 from any University phone. Never get into a vehicle with unfamiliar occupants! The safest action to take is to run and holler to attract attention. Notify the police and the Office of Public Safety & Security as soon as possible.

Personal Safety Tips   

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not leave your books, purse or bag unattended.
  • Immediately report any suspicious persons to the Office of Public Safety & Security (610-660-1111).
  • Avoid isolated areas when studying or doing research.
  • Don’t leave anything in plain sight inside your vehicle. Lock everything in the trunk.
  • Call for an escort (610-660-1010).
  • Don’t leave doors unlocked and don’t prop doors open.
  • Don’t walk alone at night.
  • Don’t be vulnerable; appear confident.
  • Walk with your head up. Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or using headphones with the volume too high.
  • Stick to well-travelled, well lit streets.
  • Never get into a car with unfamiliar occupants.
  • If you become a victim, don’t resist.  Comply, then run and attract attention.
  • Never give your name or address to strangers.
  • If you attend a party, go with friends you trust, tell them to never leave you alone.


Please make sure that when studying in an area open to the public like the library, lawns, etc. you do not leave your valuables unattended.


Please make sure that when you leave your office for any reason, your valuables are locked in a drawer or closet if they cannot be taken with you.

Reporting a Crime

To report a crime or if you have any information concerning a crime or incident, please contact us at 610-660-1111 or

Anonymous Reports

For anonymous reporting, please call 610-660-1114 or click on the “Safety and Security Tip Box” link on the main page of the MySJU website. There is also a “Tip Drop Box” in the Drexel Library.


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