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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety of the students come first. Public safety is one call away and there are cars patrolling the campus for any assistance. And after dark there is only one way to get into campus and its a gate that needs your id in order to get in. If you are not a student they take measures t figure out who you are, why you are here and what does the individual want. So safety ad security is pretty good at St. Johns University.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I think in general it's good

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public Safety is made up of retired NYPD officers and they are very helpful.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is a lot of alcohol and sexual assault awareness on campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: From what I saw, the campus sercurity is really tight and secure.


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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 until the police arrive to make a formal arrest. Public Safety’s job is to regularly patrol the campus, especially the dimly lit areas. Most students would agree that Public Safety is always on the lookout, and the officers are very visible on campus. In areas where Public Safety may not be, there are distress towers that can be activated to call them to the area immediately.

The University is extremely secure, and Public Safety has done a great job of keeping the campus secure without being too intrusive. Security has become one of St. John’s top priorities, and it definitely shows. Although they can become caught up in minuscule events, the Department of Public Safety is one of the University's strong points.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 67
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety - Manhattan
Public Safety Front Desk
(212) 277-5155
Security Office
Department of Public Safety - Queens
ROTC Building, McDonald Center
(718) 990-6281
Security Office
Department of Public Safety - Staten Island
Spellman Hall, Room 116
(718) 390-4487
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrol and escort service
  • Emergency telephones
  • Escort service
Health Center
Health Center - Queens/Manhattan
DaSilva Hall, first floor
(718) 990-6360
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m-5 p.m.
Health Center
Health Center - Staten Island
Campus Center, Room B17
(718) 390-4480
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • Referrals
  • Treatment of sudden illness and accidents
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Public Safety has a confidential tip hotline available 24 hours a day. The number is (718) 733-7233.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 162 responses

  • 22% None
  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 129 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 161 responses

  • 52% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 37% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 1% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 195 responses

  • 54% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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