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Office of Public Safety in Santa Fe


The St. John’s College Office of Safety and Security exists to provide a safe and secure community in which the college may carry out its educational mission.

Campus Maintenance for Safety

Campus Lighting

Campus Lighting is an important part of the St. John’s College commitment to safety and security. There are two campus lighting tours conducted each month. Lighting problems or inefficiencies are immediately reported to Buildings and Grounds for corrective action. A comprehensive survey of all exterior lighting is annually conducted by members of the Assistant Dean’s office, Business office, Buildings and Grounds, and Public Safety.

Campus Landscaping

Landscaping on campus is maintained by trimming shrubbery and trees to enhance safety and security. The staff of the offices of Public Safety and Buildings and Grounds inspects campus facilities regularly. Any conditions that affect the safety and security of the campus such as broken windows or locks, burned-out lights, and malfunctioning fire safety equipment are reported and repaired immediately. If you notice any safety hazard, please report it to the Public Safety or Assistant Dean’s Office.

Public Safety Escort

Escorts to and from campus locations are available for students. Call the switchboard at 0 or 505-984-6000.

Parking Regulations

Permit Information

Parking in St. John’s College lots is by permit only. Permits do not guarantee the availability of parking spaces. Parking regulations may change at any time.

Illegally parked cars may be towed without warning. Storage charges may be added to towing charges if the car is not picked up the same day it is towed. Always assume your car will be towed if it is parked illegally.

Motorcycles and motor scooters must be registered with Public Safety and parked in designated areas. Students illegally or improperly parking their vehicles will be fined, or may have them removed. Motorcycles and motor scooters may not be kept in any college building.

Permit Registration

Parking permits may be purchased at the Switchboard during regular business hours. To obtain a permit you must present a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and verification of insurance. Permits may be purchased only for a car registered in the name of the student purchasing the permit, or in his/her parent’s name.

  • Cars: $75/year or $50/semester
  • Motorcycles/Motor Scooters: $50/year or $35/semester

Personal Safety Tips

Simple precautions can reduce the likelihood that you will become the victim of a crime.

Be alert at all times.
Your safety can depend upon your attitude and actions. Use common sense. Avoid placing yourself in a location or situation to become a victim of crime.

Report criminal activities or emergency situations.
For police, fire, or medical emergencies, call 911 or dial 0 to reach Public Safety (dial 505-984-6000 from a non-campus phone). The campus community is encouraged to report all crimes and safety-related incidents to Public Safety or the Assistant Dean’s Office as quickly as possible.

If you become aware of a crime, observe a suspicious person or situation, or are a victim yourself, promptly report it to Public Safety.
Timely reports increase the likelihood that critical evidence will be obtained, stolen property will be recovered, and the offender will be successfully prosecuted. This is especially important in cases involving sex offenses. The college will assist any student who wishes to report a crime to the Santa Fe Police, or to contact college counselors or area victim support services.

Avoid walking alone at night.
Make arrangements to walk in groups. If you must travel alone at night, stay on well-lit paths and sidewalks. You may also call Public Safety and request an escort. Call 0 or 505-984-6000.

Keep your room door locked at all times.
Locking your door with your key, wherever you reside, is an effective way to reduce theft and enhance personal safety. The vast majority of thefts occur from unlocked rooms when the occupant is gone only briefly. Do not prop open exterior doors, and close any doors you find propped open. Propped doors are a high risk and greatly increase chances that you or someone else in your dorm may be victimized. Do not open your door to someone you do not know.

Do not lend your key or key card to anyone.
This endangers you and others in your dormitory and is cause for disciplinary action. Report a lost or stolen key to Public Safety.

Report obscene, annoying, or harassing phone calls or email messages immediately.
Public Safety will investigate and, as patterns develop, they will work closely with the telephone company to apprehend offenders. Please print out the offending email(s) if possible.

Report all security-related maintenance problems.
Locks, doors, windows, exterior lights in need of replacement, shrubbery in need of trimming, or other unsafe conditions should be reported immediately to the Building and Grounds office. College facilities and landscaping are maintained in a manner to minimize hazardous conditions.

Park your car in a well lit area and keep it locked.
Lock all valuables in your trunk. If you have expensive stereo equipment, etc., consider buying an alarm system.

Register your bicycle with Public Safety.
They will issue a registration sticker to affix to your bicycle to deter theft and aid in recovery if it is stolen. We strongly recommend a U-style lock. A registered and properly locked bicycle is much less likely to be stolen.

Be aware of campus crimes in or around St. John’s College.
Additional information on campus crime is available from Public Safety. Bulletins are issued through the assistant dean’s office when the circumstances warrant informing the community of important crime related information.

Be aware of suspicious persons and activities.
Be aware of suspicious persons, questionable actions, dangerous conditions. Your observations may be valuable. Time is important. Call public safety immediately.

The following information will help:

  • The individual’s height, weight, age, complexion, dress, speech, movements, and anything unusual in appearance or actions. If there are two or more individuals involved, concentrate on one. Compare physical proportions and age with those of someone you know.
  • Distinguishing marks such as a ring or other jewelry, tattoo or scar, missing tooth or finger, bowlegs or limp, etc.
  • If a car is used, record the color, make, model, and license number.