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  School of Communication and Information 2013–2015 Academic Policies and Procedures University Safety and Security  

University Safety and Security

Administration and Public Safety

The Division of Administration and Public Safety (APS) is committed to further improving the quality of safety on campus while providing administrative and business support services to multiple departments. Our goal is to work in partnership with students, faculty, and staff to provide a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling university experience.

Students are a central component of APS operations and are directly responsible for the excellent relations that exist with the student population. Currently there are over 200 students employed by APS who have adopted the motto of Students Serving Students. 

APS personnel are highly trained, certified, and licensed to respond to all emergencies (police, fire, emergency medical, hazardous material, and environmental challenges). Likewise, they have authority to enforce criminal laws and fire codes, and to inspect all existing and newly constructed buildings. Training in accident prevention, laboratory safety, hazardous waste management, CPR, defensive driving, first aid, emergency medical care, and other life safety areas is also provided. Our Department of Transportation Services provides transportation to more students than any university system in the country. APS is also involved in stormwater compliance, surplus collection, and material storage, and we manage Rutgers' own four and one-half star, 18-hole golf course, the Rutgers bookstores, the university's first records retention center, postal operation, and mail delivery.

Rutgers' three regional campuses are at a significant geographic distance from one another. For that reason, each unit maintains a fully staffed police headquarters, and emergency contact information varies by location. Safety Matters details public safety statistics, services, and programs on each campus. The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires Rutgers to issue a statement advising the campus community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. This information is available in Safety Matters or by visiting To view Safety Matters online or to have a copy mailed to you free of charge, please contact the Rutgers University Police Department:

New Brunswick Campus:

Newark Campus:

Camden Campus:

Rutgers University Police Department

The internationally accredited Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, on all three campuses to provide the university community with a full range of police and security services. The departments are committed to providing quality services to enhance the quality of life for all students, employees, and visitors.

The RUPD employs full-time armed police officers and unarmed security officers that enforce parking regulations, provide escorts, and serve as additional eyes and ears for the police, and nearly 100 students (community service officers) who provide a wide range of security-related functions to supplement the RUPD mission.

Rutgers University police officers are certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission and additionally receive supplemental training to ensure their ability to provide exceptional community policing services. All security officers and community service officers receive 40 hours of formal training through the New Jersey College and University Public Safety Association.

In addition, the police department in New Brunswick operates a state-of-the-art 911 Communications Center and the police departments in Camden and Newark provide emergency and nonemergency call-taking and dispatching services. The centers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are staffed by telecommunicators. Telecommunicators have immediate access to the university's vast network of "Cameras for Safety," with over 2,500 cameras, and the ability to simultaneously review live and previously recorded footage and relay pertinent information to responders.

The university police departments are located at the addresses listed below and can be reached at the following nonemergency numbers:

Camden Campus
409 North Fourth Street
Camden, NJ 08102-1406
Nonemergency: 856-225-6009

Newark Campus
200 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102-1813
Nonemergency: 973-353-5547

New Brunswick Campus
55 Commercial Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1340
Nonemergency: 732-932-7211

To report emergencies (police, fire, and emergency medical), please dial 911; or from university Centrex telephones, obtain an outside line and dial 911. You also can contact the police by using the blue-light emergency telephones located throughout the campuses.

To obtain more information about the RUPD, please visit

Security Technologies

The Security Technologies Group is responsible for the installation and service of access control systems, intrusion and panic alarm systems, closed-circuit television cameras, and door hardware throughout the university. All technicians are factory trained and certified on all products we install.

Access control systems that require students, faculty, staff, and visitors to swipe identification cards to gain access into university facilities have been put in place at various locations. To date we have over 1,600 doors of access control at the university and that number continues to grow. It is important to remember that these state-of-the-art technologies are utilized for your safety, and you can help support these practices by not circumventing existing systems or allowing others to do so.

In 2007, the Cameras for Safety project was initiated and we continue to add to the already 2,500 cameras installed throughout the university. These cameras are intended to prevent, detect, and record events that violate university regulations and municipal, state, or federal laws.  

Emergency Services

The Department of Emergency Services is dedicated to enhancing the safety and quality of life for the university community as well as the surrounding areas. It provides emergency response, emergency medical services, public safety education, fire prevention inspection services, and testing and maintenance of fire suppression and detection equipment. The department serves all university properties statewide.

Fire safety is a major component of our total safety and security program. State-certified fire inspectors provide fire safety awareness training sessions in the residence halls and conduct emergency evacuation drills to familiarize occupants with emergency procedures. Department personnel regularly inspect all university buildings and facilities, conduct alarm tests and fire drills, and enforce the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code. As a state-licensed ambulance service, the Department of Emergency Services provides emergency medical care to the university community. The staff of New Jersey-certified emergency medical technicians responds to emergency medical calls and provides standby services at major university events.

To obtain more information on emergency services, please visit or call 732-932-4800.

Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management serves all campuses and constantly works to prepare the university to properly respond to and address emergencies that threaten public safety. These emergencies may include, but are not limited to, severe weather conditions, major power failures, fires and explosions, transportation accidents, other accidents involving mass casualties, release of hazardous materials, violent crimes, civil disorder, bomb threats, public health emergencies, acts of terrorism, and other unforeseeable events that could pose a significant threat to the university community. University emergency planning allows for the highest level of preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Rutgers collaborates with neighboring emergency response agencies, local governments, the State of New Jersey, the National Guard, and community partners to regularly conduct exercises designed to better prepare the university for any kind of emergency or disaster. Rutgers often tests our emergency operations plans in order to validate and assess those plans. Based on lessons learned from these exercises and from experiences at other universities nationwide, Rutgers' Emergency Operational Plans are constantly reviewed and updated.

In times of emergency, the Office of Emergency Management provides coordination and support for university operations statewide. Some of the functions include sheltering, communications, evacuations, and assisting with business continuity. You are encouraged to take an active approach in your personal preparedness by reviewing the university's emergency action plans. To learn more about emergency management at Rutgers University, please visit

Notification to the Rutgers Community about an Immediate Threat

Rutgers Administration and Public Safety (APS) has personnel assigned 24 hours a day, seven days a week to monitor events on campus. In the event of an emergent situation, APS has an emergency operation communications plan and emergency notification procedures that provide for the immediate notification of the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff. This information will be sent out unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency.

The university's emergency notification system (ENS) uses many different and overlapping mechanisms to provide time-critical information to the Rutgers community, as no single mechanism is sufficient to provide blanket notification. Methods include email, website announcements, TV, radio, and text messaging to cell phones, as well as low-tech mass communications such as electronic signs, bullhorns, and police car speaker systems. Additional messages and updates may be posted on the campus operating page at

For questions or problems concerning the Rutgers ENS, please contact the Rutgers Help Desk in Camden at 856-225-6274, in Newark at 973-353-5083, or in New Brunswick at 732-445-HELP (4357). You may also email with your inquiries.

Department of Transportation Services

The Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) at Rutgers is one of the largest university transportation systems in the country. DOTS is committed to providing all members of the Rutgers community with the best possible solutions for getting around campus safely and easily.

Transportation to, from, and on campus includes campus bus and shuttle services, walking and bicycle paths, and public transit services.

The university maintains various parking facilities including permit-controlled lots and decks, metered parking spaces, access-controlled lots, and restricted assigned lots. Anyone wishing to park on university property is encouraged to visit our website to obtain the appropriate parking permit and/or to view the rules and regulations governing the use of parking facilities at Rutgers.

To learn more about transportation services at Rutgers, visit

For additional information, contact RU-info at 732-445-info (4636) or
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