Safety and Security Frequently Asked Questions

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Safety at Rutgers – Frequently Asked Questions

1. How will I be informed if there is a campus emergency?
Every effort will be made to inform the entire campus in the case of an emergency through the cellphone text message alert system, broadcast e-mail, reverse phone messaging system, and the Rutgers-Newark website.

2. What is the evacuation plan?
If a serious crisis event occurs, call Public Safety (University Police) 973/353-5111 or Dial 80 from campus phones, and evacuate staff and students from the location. It is important that everyone remain calm and orderly during an evacuation so as to avoid unnecessary panic and injury. If the event occurs in Bradley, Hill, Smith, Dana, Physical Plant or any residence hall, occupants should move to Robeson Campus Center and remain there until advised by Public Safety (University Police) that it is safe to leave. The Golden Dome Gymnasium is the back up location if Robeson Center is directly affected by a serious crisis at the same time. If an event occurs in Robeson, CLJ, Deck #2, Olson, Aidekman, Blumenthal, Boyden or Conklin, occupants should move to the Golden Dome Gymnasium and should remain there until Pubic Safety (University Police) advise that it is safe to leave. Bradley Hall will serve as a back up if the Golden Dome is also directly affected by a crisis event at the same time. If a serious crisis event occurs in the Golden Dome, Engelhard, Parking Deck #1, Ackerson, CUPS or the offices on Bleeker Street, occupants should move to Bradley Hall and remain there until advised by Public Safety (University Police). The Robeson Campus Center will serve as a back up building to Bradley Hall.

In case of campus wide evacuation please follow the directions and prearranged route setup by the Department of Public Safety.

3. What do I do if I come across a suspicious package?
Contact Rutgers-Newark Public Safety (University Police) Department immediately at 973/353-5111 or Dial 80 from campus phones.

  • DO NOT try to open, smell or taste the item!
  • DO NOT shake or bump!
  • DO NOT move package. Isolate the item by evacuating the area.


4. What do I do if a student or employee makes threats of violence?

Contact your supervisor or department head as soon as possible, or call the campus police (973-353-5581) immediately. Remain calm as possible and do not attempt to confront the individual or engage in an argument.

For more information on work and classroom threats, see the Threat Assessment Team Campus Resource Guide (pdf)

5. What do I do in the case of a weather emergency?
In the unlikely event of closing, delayed opening or class cancellation, the information will be posted on the Rutgers-Newark website or call the Campus Information line 973/353-1766.

6. What services are available for a student psychological crisis?
Call the Counseling Center, Blumenthal Hall, 973/353-5805. Refer students to the Counseling Center if the following traumatic events or traumatic stress symptoms are observed: self-destructive behavior such as a suicide threats or attempts, violent, assault or threatening behaviors, rape, criminal victimization , acute psychotic breakdowns, drug overdose and substance abuse.

7. What department handles inquiries from the media about campus safety?

If a reporter or member of the media calls seeking information or an interview on a campus incident or emergency, please refer call to the Office of Communications, Blumenthal Hall, 973/353-5262.


Any questions or comments about this web page should be referred to Chief Huertas, 973.353.1670 or huertacv@ca.rutgers.edu.