The St. John’s College Office of Public Safety exists to provide a safe and secure community in which the college may carry out its educational mission. Our mission is to protect the campus, serve the campus community, and preserve the good order of the college.
Students and their parents are understandably concerned about the issue of safety on college campuses. We share their concern and understand our responsibility to contribute to a protected campus environment. Although St. John’s has experienced a lower incidence of crime than surrounding areas, our community is not immune to crime. The number of incidents occurring on the campus can be reduced if all members of the community practice everyday precautions that will help to make a safe community.
Questions or concerns about Public Safety and or its operations should be addressed to Robert Mueck, director of public safety. The Public Safety Office is located in Pinkney Hall. An officer can always be reached from campus phones at ext. 2000, from off-campus phones at 443-336-2348.
Simple precautions can reduce the likelihood that you will become the victim of a crime.
St. John’s College is committed to having a campus environment free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual assault/offenses and harassment. The policy against sexual assault/offenses and sexual harassment aims to support the college’s primary goal: the preservation and enhancement of a positive working, learning, and living environment for all community members.
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Most campus buildings and facilities are generally accessible to members of the campus community, guests, and visitors during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Certain facilities may also be open for designated hours on evenings and weekends. Exterior doors on campus buildings are locked and secured each evening by public safety personnel. Residence hall exterior doors are generally locked 24 hours. When the residence halls are locked, entrance (where applicable) is gained by use of a valid St. John’s College ID card.
Life Safety: The misuse or abuse of any life safety equipment in any campus building or facility is a serious violation of College policy.
Trained students are encouraged to use fire extinguishers when warranted for fire safety. If you are uncertain how to properly use the extinguisher contact the Office of Public Safety. If you suspect there is a problem with your extinguisher, contact the Office of Public Safety immediately. If you have cause to discharge your extinguisher for fire control you must immediately advise the Office of Public Safety to report the fire and use of the extinguisher. If a fire extinguisher is discharged for any reason other than to control a fire, or tampered with in any way to cause the extinguisher to be inoperable or unavailable for emergency use, the person responsible or occupant(s) of the floor will be charged for the cost of replacement and/or recharging.
False fire alarms and willful damaging of any life safety equipment is not only an inconvenience to fellow students but constitutes a real danger. Fire extinguishers, pull stations, alarm bells, smoke and heat detectors and alarm panels are in place for your safety. Use of these systems for other than fire emergencies; or abuse of these systems; or the intentional causing of a false fire alarm may result in a fine and possible dismissal from College housing. (Tampering includes: moving, modifying, obstructing or in anyway altering life safety equipment.)
Open fire (which includes candles) is not permitted in any residence hall or campus building. The intentional setting of any fire, which is not authorized or designed for a recognized and accepted purpose and practiced with proper safety precautions in effect, may result in the filing of a safety violation.
The use of extension cords and multiple outlet plug adapters is strictly prohibited. Such use may result in a fine and removal of the cord and/or plug. Power strips with overload circuit protectors may be used.
All buildings on campus must be immediately evacuated whenever a fire or general alarm sounds in the building. Intentional evading or refusal to evacuate may result in notice of violation. In residence halls, the Office of Public Safety will go room to room to ensure that evacuation of the residence hall is completed.
Portable Fire Extinguishers: The provisions of this policy apply to the selection, distribution, inspection, maintenance and testing of portable extinguishing equipment. The requirements given herein are minimums. Portable extinguishers are intended as a first line of defense to cope with fires of limited size. They are needed even when a facility is equipped with automatic sprinklers, standpipe and hose, or other fixed protection equipment. Fire extinguisher training is provided by contacting the Office of Public Safety at ext 2000.
Definitions: The basic types of fires are Classes A, B, C, and D as defined in the following:
Classifications and ratings of fire extinguishers: Portable fire extinguishers are classified for use on Class A, B, C, or D fires and rated by nationally recognized testing laboratories for relative extinguishing effectiveness. The classification and rating are based upon the preceding classification of fires and the fire-extinguishments potentials as determined by fire tests.
Selection of extinguishers: The character of the fires anticipated determines the selection of extinguishers for a given situation.
Distribution of extinguishers: Fire extinguishers shall be provided for the protection of the building and for the occupancy hazard contained therein: Required building protection shall be provided by fire extinguishers suitable for Class A fires. Protection against occupancy hazard shall be provided by fire extinguishers suitable for such Class A, B, C, or D fire potentials as may be present.
Mounting locations: Extinguishers shall be conspicuously located where they will be readily accessible in the event of fire. They shall be located along normal paths of travel, including exits from an area. Fire protection and fire detection equipment shall not be obstructed.
Maintenance: Buildings and Grounds will recharge extinguishers needing to be recharged due to use or pressure leakage.
Inspections: Extinguishers are to be visually inspected monthly by Buildings and Grounds personnel.
Extinguishers loss due to damage or theft: It is the responsibility of the using Office to institute security measures to prevent losses due to theft. Buildings and Grounds will replace missing extinguishers.