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Campus Safety

Rutgers police and campus safety personnel are on the job 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—whether patrolling by car, on foot, on bicycle, and, yes, even on horseback.

Campus Safety Phone Numbers

For an Emergency (Police, Fire, Medical)
New Brunswick Campus: 9-1-1

Emergency Numbers
from a University Phone

New Brunswick Campus: Obtain an outside line, then dial 9-1-1

Nonemergency Numbers
New Brunswick Campus: 732-932-7211

55 Commercial Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Get Emergency Alerts on Your Cell Phone

In emergencies, accurate information is important. Rutgers University–New Brunswick students, faculty, and staff can receive up-to-date emergency information conveniently via cell phone text messages. To register, update your emergency-notification information. (Rutgers NetID required.)

Late Night Studying? Get a Ride or Walking Buddy

Students, faculty, and staff who find themselves at the library, in the lab, or anywhere on campus in the wee hours of the morning can have peace-of-mind with a walking buddy thanks to the RUPD. Learn more.

Students who find they’ve missed the last campus bus, which normally stops running just after 2:30 a.m. during the semester and 11 p.m. during summer and winter breaks, can call the Knight Mover, 732-932-RIDE (7433), to request individualized bus shuttle service to any New Brunswick Campus location. Learn more.

Campus Safety

Rutgers University Police Department

At Rutgers University–New Brunswick, campus policing and security efforts ensure a safe campus environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) helps ensure a safe environment and prevent crime on the campuses at Rutgers–New Brunswick, which include the Busch, College Avenue, Douglass, George H. Cook, and Livingston campuses.

  • Community Police OfficerUnder the community policing philosophy, each campus has a designated Community Police Officer, giving students a familiar face
  • Full-time security officers monitor campus residential and parking areas
  • A cadre of students assists with additional safety services, such as on-campus walking buddies

State-of-the-Art Technology

Aided by state-of-the-art technology, RUPD’s Communication and Dispatch Center allows university police to respond quickly to calls, and more than 2,000 strategically located cameras monitor and record campus activity during specific times, bolstering campus security. For coordinated responses, campus public safety administration partners with local, county, and federal agencies; conducts regular on-campus fire safety inspections; and manages emergency response planning.

Notifications and Text Message Alerts

Campus SafetyRUPD keeps the Rutgers community informed through the campus safety website, email crime alerts, the annual Safety Matters crime statistics report, and text message notifications in the event of a campus emergency.

Be Aware, Prevent Crime

Campus Safety Tips

You can help keep our campuses safe.

  • Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs. Persons under the influence are much more likely to be the victims of a serious crime.
  • Immediately notify the Rutgers University Police Department of any person or activity that arouses your suspicion.
  • Know your route before you go somewhere by checking the online campus map.
  • Avoid isolation. After dark, walk with others. Use well-lighted paths. Study with friends.
  • Use university transportation and walking chaperone services. Do not hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers.
  • Do not prop open any building doors.
  • Keep the door to your dorm locked. Make sure first-floor windows, fire escape windows, and security screens are locked.
  • Do not allow strangers into residence buildings.
  • Do not leave property unattended or unprotected.