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Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Vice President of Public Safety constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide Public Safety Advisory will be issued.  The warning will be issued through the University's e-mail system to students, faculty, and staff, and it will be posted on St. John's Central.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Office of Public Safety may also issue an emergency text and voice message alert through the University Emergency Notification System and or utilize the public address system on campus to alert our community.

Emergency Phone Service

There are clearly marked emergency phones located throughout the campuses. They can summon the Department of Public Safety, which will respond immediately. The phones are for emergency use only, which can be, but is not limited to: car trouble for which Public Safety can be of assistance; injury, especially when an ambulance is required; crime prevention, whether a crime is in progress or the potential for the criminal act is suspected; and need for the escort service.

The Department of Public Safety is also glad to help if you have locked your car keys in your car or need a jump start.

Escort Service

If, at any time, you are uncomfortable going from one campus point to another, or to your car, Public Safety provides an escort service for both the Queens and Staten Island campuses to assist you. Public Safety honors any request for this service, supplying an officer to escort the individual to the desired location whether a building, a parking lot on the St. John's University campus, or, if needed, to a car off campus, if the car is in the immediate vicinity. This service is offered around the clock.

Confidential Tip Line

The Department of Public Safety has established an automated 24-hour confidential tip line. This tip line will enable anyone in the university community to report information to Public Safety anonymously while being recorded on an answering machine.

The tip-line number is 718-733-7233

Be assured that no attempt will be made by Public Safety to identify callers; should a caller wish to be contacted by Public Safety, he or she can simply leave contact information.

Your safety and well being are our highest priorities. The Department of Public Safety reminds everyone that they continue to be available 24 hours a day; seven days a week for anyone who wishes to report an emergency or request assistance from an officer. 

Building Access

For each campus, as the utilization of a building diminishes during the day or evening, Public Safety locks the building. These buildings are patrolled throughout the night on a random basis to ensure the safety and security of the campus. The same procedure is repeated during the weekend hours. On the Staten Island campus, Public Safety locks many of the classrooms after the last class of the day.

Exterior door access to a locked building is granted only on a limited basis of proven need. Public Safety is prepared to escort anyone to and from a building during non-working hours. Anyone entering or leaving a building during non-working hours is required to notify the Department of Public Safety.

Students, faculty and staff are required to show a valid St. John's ID in order to gain entrance to the computer facilities, the University Center, Carnesecca Arena, the Libraries, Residence Halls and St. Albert Hall (after 11 p.m.) on the Queens campus and the Gym, the Campus Center and the Library on the Staten Island campus. Public Safety personnel are stationed at the entrance points to check all persons entering the above mentioned buildings.

If an individual, regardless of status, does not have a valid StormCard, he/she should report to the Department of Public Safety (6257 or 6281), ROTC Mc Donald Center for Queens; the Campus Center B11, ext. 4443 on Staten Island or Room 627, ext. 9301 in Manhattan to obtain their card after showing proper personal identification.

Registering an Overnight Guest

Resident students are permitted to have overnight guests, but must fill out an application. Learn how to register overnight guests online here or visit Central in the Student and UIS tabs.

Emergency Medical Situations

For emergency medical situations call 911. In non-emergency medical situations during Health Service office hours, any individual involved in an emergency situation requiring medical assistance should notify the Health Office directly (Queens ext. 6360; Staten Island ext. 4447), or notify Public Safety (Queens ext. 5252; Staten Island ext 4487), supplying as much information as possible about the situation. The Health Service Office is located in DaSilva Hall First Floor, room 129 (Queens campus) and Campus Center, room B-19 (Staten Island).

The Department of Public Safety's primary role at St. John's University is to act as a deterrent to crime. Many of the Public Safety officers are former law enforcement officers. Their arrest authority is equivalent to that of any other citizen. Public Safety officers do have the right to detain an individual(s) until the police arrive to make a formal arrest.

St. John's Department of Public Safety maintains frequent contact with the local police department (107th Precinct Queens; 120th Precinct Staten Island, and the 1st Precinct in Manhattan). The police come on campus at the request of Public Safety for the purpose of making an arrest. The police regularly patrol the perimeter of each campus.