A STUDENT, EMPLOYEE AND
VISITOR` S GUIDE TO PUBLIC SAFETY
Message from the Director of Public
is a community of more than 12,000 people working, living, and studying on a
beautiful, historic campus in Princeton, New Jersey. Living and working in
a tranquil environment like Princeton can cause us to forget that crime and
other problems can plague us just as they do communities outside the gates
of the University. The purpose of this report is to equip you with the
information you need to stay safe while at the University.
The Department of
Public Safety is the primary department at the University charged with
creating a safe and secure environment. This task, however, is not one we
can accomplish alone. Crime prevention, risk identification, and problem
solving are the responsibilities of everyone. We ask you to join us in
these efforts by reading this report and referring to it often.
Our efforts to maintain a safe
and secure environment rely on our ability to develop collaborative
relationships with the many communities that make up the University. We
believe that through partnering and problem solving, we can make Princeton
one of the safest universities in the nation. Our commitment to the
philosophy of community policing and problem solving, which began several
years ago with the Adopt-a-Pups program, will take a significant new turn
with the launching of the Community Partnership Initiative (CPI). This
initiative will create a springboard to broader involvement in the
community. In addition to engaging in some of the more routine strategies,
CPI officers will introduce new programs to engage the community in
collective problem identification and problem solving. We are excited about
this new initiative and confident that it will contribute to the quality of
life on campus.
We hope you will find this report
informative and helpful, and that your stay at Princeton will be both
pleasant and safe. If you have questions or would like further information
about safety and security at Princeton University, please visit us at
Director of Public Safety
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Why a campus security report?
The Campus Security Act – Legal Requirements The Campus Security Act requires colleges and universities to:• Publish an annual report every year by October 1 that contains three years of campus crime statistics and certain campus security policy statements.• Disclose crime statistics for the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities and remote classrooms. The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement, and other University officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities”;• Provide “timely warning” notices of those crimes that have occurred and pose an ongoing “threat to students and employees”; and• Disclose in a public crime log “any crime that occurred on campus . . . or within the patrol jurisdiction of the campus police or the campus security department and is reported to the campus police or security department.” Our Daily Crime Blotter is available for viewing online, or you may contact the department by calling 609-258-1000 for a hard copy. Our Annual report is available for viewing here.
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of Public Safety —Who We Are
Located at 200 Elm Drive, the Department of Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The telephone number for emergency calls is 911 (off campus it is 609-258-1000); the telephone number for routine business is 8-5771 (off campus it is 609-258-5771). You may also view our contact list.
The department consists of 62 professional police officers, security officers and other team members dedicated to providing first-class services to the University community. Officers patrol the campus on foot, bicycle, and in vehicles. The Department of Public Safety officers together with a supervisory staff of police patrol sergeants, lieutenants and a captain are on duty 24 hours a day. The Communications Center is staffed with New Jersey State certified Emergency Medical /911 Dispatchers who answer calls for service, dispatch appropriate officers, assets and other emergency services to incidents, as well as monitor intrusion detection and fire alarm monitoring systems. The Department of Public Safety has both sworn commissioned police officers who possess full arrest powers under N.J.S.A. 18A:6-4.5 and are required to complete a rigorous police training program sanctioned by the Police Training Commission for the State of New Jersey. The non–sworn Public Safety security officers are primarily responsible for building security, as well as augmenting enforcement of parking and traffic regulations. In addition, specialized advanced training continues throughout all Public Safety officers’ careers. The campus falls under the jurisdiction of several local police agencies whose services supplements the Department of Public Safety, rather than replaces them. The Department of Public Safety maintains a close working relationship with these agencies. In addition, these local police agencies provides information and assists the Department of Public Safety on matters of criminal activity at off-campus recognized student activities. Crime statistics are compiled by coordination with these local police agencies and by an electronic record keeping system dedicated to the department.
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Reporting Emergencies on Campus
For any fire, police or medical emergency, call the Department of
Public Safety immediately. Call 911 from any campus phone or press the red
button on any blue light emergency phone. We encourage you to report any
crime, regardless of how insignificant it may seem. The communications
officer who answers your call is trained in handling emergencies.
- Give your location
- Describe the nature of the emergency
- Be prepared to respond to the communications officer’s questions or instructions
In response to your call, the communications officer will dispatch
Public Safety personnel and the appropriate local police, fire and medical
teams to your location immediately.
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Access to Princeton
University - Grounds and Buildings
Map of Princeton
of Construction on Campus
Princeton University grounds are are open to visitors on a daily basis
with tours available through the Orange Key Guide Service. Vehicular
access to campus is carefully controlled by uniformed officers of the
Department of Public Safety. Visitor parking is allowed in designated
areas or by special permit only. To obtain parking permission, please call the Parking Office at (609) 258-3157.
University facilities are open only to members of the University community
and escorted or authorized visitors. Academic and administrative buildings
are locked after normal working hours and residence halls and dormitories
are controlled by card access. Alarms register with Public Safety when
doors are not secured. The Alarm Shop is full time and on call during
after hours to make needed repairs to any part of the Security System.
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The Department of Public Safety offers a comprehensive crime prevention program, supervised by a plain clothed Police Detective Sergeant, and three plain clothed Police Detectives assigned full time to investigative/crime prevention duties. Brochures are available describing the types of crimes that are most apt to affect our campus, and are distributed to members of the community and visitors. Safety and crime prevention are an important part of orientation programs for both students and new staff members. A Police Blotter, published daily over the World Wide Web, keeps the community abreast of police matters on campus. Articles on crime and crime prevention appear regularly in the Princeton
Weekly Bulletin and the Daily Princetonian.
Public Safety (PUPS) has also designed a Community Policing program to assign a specific representative from Public Safety to a campus groups. The PUPS representative will attend working group meetings and activities, with their chosen Parent Organization, throughout the year. Referred to as "Community Policing Initiative ", Public Safety personnel, volunteered to work with specific organizations like: Residential Colleges and other groups. The Department of Public Safety and The Sexual Harassment/Assault/Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office at McCosh Health Center, are jointly sponsoring the RAD Program. The Rape
Aggression Defense System (RAD) is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. LOCK IT. HIDE IT. WATCH IT. This initiative is aimed at providing Students tools to keep them informed about Safety Practices. This program is targeted at incoming college freshmen and has been endorsed by the New Jersey College and University Public Safety Association (CUPSA).
Crime analysis bulletins are distributed on Campus, and timely Crime Alert notices are posted whenever incidents occur that could threaten the safety of members of the community. The University will also provide information to Students, Faculty, and Staff, in order to comply with the crime notification requirements of the Campus Security Act, by continuing to keep these web pages current, and also by emailing members of our community a link to this web site. This will be an unobtrusive way to provide data quickly and completely, and be retrievable at any time. Informal meetings can also be scheduled at any time for groups with security concerns or interests. The Campus Safety Committee, made up of students and administrators, meets regularly to discuss any programs that could make our campus an even safer place.
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Princeton University Alcohol and Drug Policy
Students at Princeton are expected to be acquainted with and abide by
state laws and University regulations regarding alcohol and drugs and to
be aware of the social, physiological, and psychological consequences of
excessive drinking in order to make responsible and informed decisions
about the serving and consumption of alcohol. The University provides
regular educational programs on alcohol and drug abuse as well as
counseling services. The University alcoholic beverage policy is designed
to be consistent with the laws of the State of new Jersey, which, in
general, prohibit the possession, consumption and serving of alcoholic
beverages by and to persons under 21 years of age.
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For information on those crimes that are reported in compliance with
the Campus Security Act click
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Princeton University is committed to creating and maintaining a
community in which students, faculty, and staff can work and study in an
atmosphere free from all forms of harassment, exploitation or
If you are the victim of a sexual offense, you have the right to:
· Report the incident to Public Safety at 911.
· Report the incident to the appropriate police agency and pursue
· Seek medical treatment as soon as possible, including the collection
and preservation of evidence that is crucial to pursuing criminal
· Access the wide range of support services provided by the University.
The Sexual Harassment/Assault/Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE)
office at McCosh Health Center has developed comprehensive programs on
assault prevention and has established procedures for reporting violations
of university policy.
All forms or attempts of sexual assault are regarded as serious University
offenses which are likely to result in suspension, required withdrawal, or
expulsion. Both the accused and the accuser have the right to have an
adviser present at the hearing and both will be notified of the outcome of
any such proceedings. Prosecution under New Jersey criminal law may take
place independently of charges under University regulations. Victims of
sexual assault are urged to seek help immediately by calling 911 or going
to McCosh Health Center.
If you need medical transport, call Public Safety at 8-3134. Calling
Public Safety for transport will not result in an investigation unless you
disclose the particulars of the assault. Regardless, seek medical
treatment immediately and get counseling.
By calling 911, Public Safety will respond to assist you in receiving
medical treatment and/or contacting off-campus authorities. A confidential
SHARE counselor who has been trained to deal with sexual assault issues
will be available to talk to you. The counselor can assist you in
contacting on- and off-campus resources for medical, legal, or emotional
support. They can also assist you in changing an academic and/or living
situation following an incident of sexual assault.
The S.H.A.R.E. office at the McCosh Health Center, has developed
comprehensive programs on assault prevention and has established
procedures for reporting violations of University policy. For further
information or assistance on these programs please contact the S.H.A.R.E.
office at 258-3310, obtain a copy of their brochure "SEXUAL ASSAULT,
What Students on Campus should know," or http://www.princeton.edu/puhs/program.shtml.
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Other Crime Prevention Programs
- Bike Registration
- Bike Lock Program
- Operation I.D.
- Escort Service
- Emergency Phones
- Campus Shuttle Service
- Assault Prevention Education
The University community is encouraged to take advantage of the crime prevention programs available from the Department of Public Safety. Escorts are available through the Department of Public Safety (8-3134).Members of the campus community are encouraged to take a few moments to familiarize themselves with the location of the emergency phones. Students are encouraged to register their bikes with Parking and Transportation in New South, free of charge, which also entitles them to a ULock for a minimal fee. Bikes should always be locked to an immovable object. The Department of Public Safety also makes available electronic engravers for marking computers, stereos, cameras, and TV's
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The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques
for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that
begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics
of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our
courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide
each student with a workbook/reference manual.
This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and
continuous personal growth, and is the key to
our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates. Classes are tentatively scheduled to run each
FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 911
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