Department of Campus Security

A Message from Campus Security

Drew University, the “University in the Forest”, is dedicated to providing its students with a safe and secure environment in which to pursue their educational goals. Drew’s is located in Madison, a community that enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in New Jersey, and our campus security is strengthened through the cooperation of the University community with the Department of Campus Security.

Every member of the Drew community must share the responsibility for maintaining a safe and secure campus. Students, Faculty, Staff and others are free to contact Campus Security at anytime.

This Web site provides basic information on subjects that are of primary concern to students and to the Department of Campus Security. It also includes public safety statistics for Drew in fulfillment of the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.

About Campus Security

The Department of Campus Security staff provides 24-hours-a-day service to the Drew community, 365 days a year. Security is provided by officers from SSC, a contract security provider. All security officers are registered with the State of New Jersey having completed the Security Officer Registration Act (S.O.R.A.) which is required by the State.

Campus Security is built on a student-centered focus recognizing the needs of our community in a shared residential, living-learning community.  Campus security team members are educators and community builders. 

As the campus also falls under the jurisdiction of the Madison Police Department, we work in close cooperation with the Madison Police concerning certain criminal investigations, traffic accidents or other police matters. Our security leadership works in cooperation with the Madison Police Department, which is under the direction of John R. Miscia, Chief of Police. Uniform crime reporting and criminal investigations are handled by the Madison Police Department.

Crime Prevention

Property thefts and vandalism are a continuing problem on college campuses, and one which will not be easily solved. But you can help by becoming aware of crime prevention and security measures.

If you see something, say something.
Should something seem out of the ordinary to you please contact campus security at 973-408-3379 or use the LiveSafe app.

If a crime is actively occurring, call 911.

Theft of property
Theft of property may occur anywhere, including on a college campus. Often these are crimes of opportunity. While no one should every take something that does not belong to them, there are some basic strategies below to help minimize your exposure.

The following suggestions are offered to help protect yourself and your property:

  • Never leave purses, keys, laptops, backpacks or other personal property unattended in public locations, e.g., offices, dining areas, classrooms or the library.
  • Lock the door to your living environment or office even if you “just step out for a minute”.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain view in parked vehicles.
  • Report any theft or criminal activity as soon as possible. Getting information in a timely fashion is imperative for active response and thorough investigations.

Active Shooter Response Training Video

It is the responsibility of all in our community to know how to respond should an active shooter situation occur on campus. Drew University uses the ALICE ™ method to train our campus community members. Please watch the video below. Any questions, or request for additional training, should be made to the Director of Campus Security.

Rideshare Safety

Please reach out to Campus Security with any questions or concerns on this important topic of Rideshare Safety

Drew Bias and Campus Conduct Hotline: 866-943-5787

The Drew University Bias and Campus Conduct Hotline provides members of our community with a way to share or report experiences and concerns of bias, discrimination, or harassing behavior that may occur within our community. Experienced staff respond to the hotline and refer reports to Drew’s administrators in the Title IX Office where staff assess reports, and then help facilitate responses, which may include referral to another University school or unit or investigation, if warranted, according to the University’s Human Rights and Title IX Grievance Policies.

The Bias Response Line is designed to enable the University to provide an open forum that helps to ensure that our community is equitable and inclusive.