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Safety on Campus


Emergency - Town of West Hartford
Campus phone: 9-911
Non-campus phone: 911

USJ Public Safety

McDonough Hall Lower Level
Campus phone: x5222
Non-campus phone: 1.860.231.5222

Your Safety is our Top Priority

Ranked by Niche as the No. 2 Safest College Campuses in Connecticut for 2020

West Hartford Campus

At the West Hartford campus, the Department of Public Safety maintains a close working relationship with the West Hartford Police Department and the West Hartford Fire Department. Public Safety Officers cannot make criminal arrests but do enforce University rules and regulations on campus, including parking and traffic violations. Every effort is made to enforce these rules and regulations equitably and professionally.

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Academic and administrative buildings on campus are secured with lockable entrances and, in many cases, intrusion-detection systems. Public Safety Officers may admit faculty, staff and students after normal business hours if an appropriate University official has contacted Public Safety and authorized such access. The Public Safety Officer will ask to see a University identification card for verification. Buildings that are open during the evening for classes and computer use are secured by Public Safety when the classes have concluded.

Faculty, staff, and students working in their offices, classrooms, and laboratories are encouraged to follow these personal safety recommendations:

  • Report any suspicious individuals to Public Safety immediately.
  • Lock valuables in a file cabinet or desk when at work.
  • Lock your office door even if you are leaving for a brief period of time.
  • Notify Public Safety when you are working late, on weekends or holidays.
  • Lock windows and doors when you leave for the day.

Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Access for resident students and staff is via the University identification card issued by Public Safety. Residential students are permitted to have guests visit them but must follow guidelines established by Residential Life. Resident students are not to prop open any doors or allow the entry of strangers into the residence hall. Maintenance staff, including maintenance mechanics, housekeepers, custodians, and groundskeepers, continually wear their University identification cards. Vendors and contractors must be escorted into the residence halls by Public Safety Officers. No maintenance staff, including vendors or contractors, are permitted in residence halls prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. except in emergency situations. Any students or staff that observe an unauthorized person in a residence hall, are asked to please contact Public Safety immediately.

Hartford Campus

In addition to the West Hartford campus, the Department of Public Safety maintains officers on duty at the Pharmacy department facility located at 229 Trumbull Street in Hartford during the hours of operation 7 days a week. The Department of Public Safety maintains a close working relationship with the Hartford Police Department and the Hartford Fire Department with regards to issues at this location.

The Department of Public Safety Pharmacy department post is located on the first-floor lobby. A Public Safety Officer is on duty at this station whenever the Pharmacy department is in session.

SAFE & SOUND. 24/7/365

The department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and officers patrol campus on a regular basis. Contact us for more information or to learn about the following services:

  • Local authorities assistance (police, fire and ambulance service)
  • Safety seminars for all incoming first-year students
  • Campus events assistance
  • Transportation services
  • Material Safety and Data Sheet Records

For more information contact:

Derrick McBride
Director of Safety and Risk Management
[email protected]

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Uniform Campus Crime Report

In accordance with the Federal Student Right-to-Know and Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, the following report has been created in order to publish statistics about violations of the law that have occurred on our campus. The report is published and distributed to the University of Saint Joseph campus community every year in September. The report contains statistics for the prior calendar year and the two previous calendar years. View the 2018 University of Saint Joseph Campus Security and Fire Safety Report.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990 (34CFR668.46)

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