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  School of Communication and Information 2021-2023 Academic Policies and Procedures University Safety and Security  

University Safety and Security

University Public Safety
University Public Safety is committed to working in partnership with students, faculty, and staff to provide a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling university experience. As part of our community policing philosophy, students have become a central component of our operations.  Public Safety employs over 200 students who have adopted the motto of "Students Serving Students."
Campus safety is of paramount importance, but security depends on everyone knowing what to do in case of an emergency and taking ownership in their own personal preparedness. To view the University's Emergency Action Plans, please visit To view crime prevention tips and safety precautions, visit

Rutgers University Police Department 
The internationally accredited Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide the university community with a full range of police and security services. RUPD maintains multiple fully staffed police headquarters. Accordingly, nonemergency contact information varies by location. We encourage you to program these phone numbers into your cell phone. 

For an emergency (Police, Fire, Medical) dial 9-1-1 

From a university phone, obtain an outside line, then dial 9-1-1
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 
55 Paul Robeson Boulevard, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Nonemergency: 732-932-7211

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences at Newark 

5 Bruce Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Nonemergency: 973-972-4491

Rutgers University-Newark 

200 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102-1813
Nonemergency: 973-353-5111

Rutgers University-Camden 

25 North 5th Street, Camden, NJ 08102-1406
Nonemergency: 856-225-6111 

Follow the RUPD on Facebook @RutgersPoliceDepartment, on Instagram @Rutgers_PD or Twitter @Rutgers_PD for emergency notifications and other community announcements.

RAVE Guardian App

Rave Guardian is a free mobile safety a designed to help faculty, staff, students and guests stay connected and access important campus safety resources. The app is available for use by all Rutger University students, faculty, staff, and guests who are subscribed to the university's Emergency Notification System (ENS). This app features real-time chat interactions with a member of the Rutgers University 911 Communication Center. For additional information, visit  

Safety Escorts 

RUPD provides escorts to students, faculty, and staff upon request. The escorts, primarily walking, provide our community with personalized service to their vehicles, campus residence, or the university's mass transit system. 

    Call the RUPD on your campus and provide your university location.
    A public safety representative will be dispatched to escort you.
    Escorts may not be "reserved" in advance. 
Knight Mover Shuttle 

The university also provides the "Knight Mover Shuttle" on the New Brunswick campus -- individualized transportation service during non-mass transit hours. To request this service call 848-932-RIDE (7433). 

Vehicle Lockouts and Jump Starts 
University Public Safety will assist students, visitors, and faculty/staff with motor vehicle lockouts at Rutgers University as well as the surrounding areas. Public Safety also offers jump starts to individuals needing assistance with weak or dead batteries. To initiate a request, call the RUPD Communications Center at (732) 932-7211. 

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report 
Safety Matters details public safety statistics, services, and programs available at Rutgers University. To view Safety Matters online visit To have a copy mailed to you free of charge, please contact the Rutgers Police Department. 

To obtain more information about the RUPD, please visit  

Emergency Services 
Rutgers University Emergency Services provides emergency response, emergency medical services, public safety education, fire prevention inspection services, and testing and maintenance of fire suppression and detection equipment for all university properties statewide. 

To obtain more information about emergency services, please visit or call 848-932-4800. 

Emergency Management 
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) serves all university locations and 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 events that could pose a significant threat to the university community. University emergency planning focuses on the areas of preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery.

You are encouraged to take an active approach in your personal preparedness by reviewing the university's emergency action plans at

Notification to the Rutgers Community About an Immediate Threat 
The university's emergency notification system 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 Rutgers University-New Brunswick operating page at; or the Rutgers University main webpage at

To update your information or to sign up to receive emergency text notifications, please visit

For additional information, contact RU-info at 848-445-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: Campus Information Services.

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