Campus Safety and Security
Campus Security Statistics
In compliance with the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, the data for the Crime Statistics Report has been gathered from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, the Rutgers University Police Department, and St. John’s University Department of Public Safety as well as local police departments.
Information is furnished by the Office of Post-Secondary Education. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Marshall, Director of Student Care and Outreach, at 732-247-5241.
1. Annual Security Report
New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS) is the oldest protestant seminary in North America. NBTS has a campus located in New Brunswick, NJ and a remote site in Queens, NY. In New Jersey, the seminary resides in a new “state of the art” building in the heart of Rutgers University. The jewel of the seminary is the historic Sage Library. In New York, the extension site is located at St. John’s University with its office in the St. John Hall Building.
New Brunswick Seminary is a safe place to be with approximately 150 students and 50 faculty and staff members. NBTS is concerned about the safety of all campus members and guests. This guide will provide the information needed to understand and participate in the efforts to keep the seminary campus safe.
2. Campus Security Authorities (CSA)
The Campus Security Authorities (CSA) at New Brunswick Theological Seminary are comprised of two key components: The Administrative Council and Facilities Management.
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is the primary official in charge of public safety at NBTS and is also a member of the Administrative Council. His contact information is 732-247-5241 x 1750. All non-emergency questions regarding public safety should be directed to the CFO.
CFO hours are 9:00 am – 6:00 pm / Monday -Friday
During weekdays and Saturday morning classes the receptionist and faculty will call 911, and contact a member of the Administrative Council in case of emergency. When guests are using the building in the case of an emergency they are to call 911 and/or the Facilities Management. The Facilities Management will call a member of the Administrative Council.
On the New York Site the CSA is the NY Program Director, whose contact information is 718-990-6000. In the event of emergency St. John’s Department of Public Safety will be contacted by dialing 911.
Evacuation policies and procedures are available in the office of the CFO and Dean of Students, and on the web site . Evacuation procedures are to be practiced annually both during the day and during evening hours. After each drill, an evaluation of the procedure is to take place by the Facilities Management to improve procedures.
3. Statement on Campus Safety Program
NBTS is concerned about the safety and welfare of all campus members and guests. It is the policy of the Seminary to take appropriate measures to identify and guard against hazards to the safety of its people and property. Each person working or studying at the Seminary is asked to be alert to hazards and emergencies. Each department head or professor shall report such hazards to the Office of Finance and Administration, and/or, if warranted, to the City Fire or Police Department.
Staff members, students and Facilities Management, in particular, shall promptly report to the CFO and the Administrative Council any unusual conditions or acts. The Facilities Management shall make intermittent inspections of the buildings to assure compliance with safety standards. The CFO and the Administrative Council shall be responsible for review of accidents and measures to prevent them.
-New Brunswick, New Jersey Campus – 35 Seminary Place, 21 Seminary Place, and adjacent parking lot.
-Queens, New York Site – 8000 Utopia Parkway, St. John Hall, the Library, parking lot, cafeteria, Marillac Hall
-New Brunswick, New Jersey Campus – the sidewalks and street in front of 21 Seminary Place, 35 Seminary Place, and 35 Bishop Place.
-Queens, New York Site – no public property as the office and classes are all located within the St. John’s University campus.
-New Brunswick, New Jersey Campus – 17 Mine St.
New Brunswick Theological Seminary prepares a report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding our campuses. In New Brunswick, the NBPD, and Rutgers Police Department are the sources of statistics. In New York, the St. John’s Department of Public Safety as well as the NYPD, are the sources of statistics.
Each year, all enrolled students, prospective students and employees of NBTS have access to this report via the NBTS web site – nbts.edu. Current students and employees will be notified via email that the report is available. Copies of the report may also be obtained in the office of Student Services and in the St. John’s Office in the St. John Hall room B- 36. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from the Office of Human Resources.
Crime statistics for NBTS can also be found at the U.S. Department of Education website, as well as on this page of the NBTS website (above).
5. Access Policy
All visitors should sign in at the front desk of the New Brunswick Campus and be announced before leaving the lobby. In New Brunswick, access is limited by automatic exterior door locks. The area is patrolled throughout the day and night on a random basis by both the Rutgers Police and New Brunswick Police Departments.
The Sage Library has posted hours of opening and closing. Access is limited by automatic exterior door locks.
The New Brunswick Campus is equipped with various security and safety features, a security system, and an area of rescue.
6. Reporting Criminal Offenses
Individuals who witness or become the victim of a crime on or near the New Brunswick Theological Seminary Campus are expected to contact the New Brunswick Police Department by dialing 911. They should also notify the CFO at 732-247-5241 or any member of the Administrative Council as soon as possible. A Crime Report Form will be filed and given to the Dean of Students who enters the appropriate statistics for the seminary’s annual crime reports. A criminal act should be reported to a CSA immediately. Individuals are strongly encouraged to report complaints to the appropriate police department by dialing 911.
Any violation of campus regulations should be reported immediately to a member of the Administrative Council. The person contacted will notify the other members of Administrative Council. On-campus members of Administrative Council will report to the scene and will remain until no longer needed. Council members on the scene will determine whether emergency care is warranted, in which case 911 should be called. The NY Campus Director will contact the St. John’s Department of Public Safety
7. The Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is a federal law that requires all public and private post-secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs to disclose information about crime on and around their campus. NBTS is required to:
- Publish an annual report every year by October 1 that contains three years of campus crime and fire safety statistics and certain campus security policy statements;
- Disclose crime statistics for the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities and remote classrooms. The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement, and other Seminary officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities”;
- Provide “timely warning” notices of those crimes that have occurred and pose an ongoing “threat to students and employees”;
- Implement emergency notification procedures if there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus;
8. Emergency Notification and Timely Warning
In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Administrative Council constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide or segmented Public Safety Advisory will be issued. The warning will be issued through the E2Campus communication system to students, faculty, and staff. Dangerous conditions reported to NBTS from the New Brunswick area will be communicated to the Administrative Council via the NBPD Nixle system.
- Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the CFO or other Administrative Council member will also issue an emergency notification through E2Campus. The only reason the institution would not immediately issue a notification for a confirmed emergency or dangerous situation is if doing so will compromise efforts to:
- Assist a victim, contain the emergency, Respond to the emergency, or otherwise mitigate the emergency by agreeing to a request of local law enforcement or fire department officials.
- The notification can be communicated via the NBTS website, campus email, email, text, voice, and a streaming feed in the New Brunswick campus. For more information go to e2campus.com. Students are encouraged, but not required, to sign up for the E2Campus system.
- The St. Johns Extension will receive notifications that are appropriate via E2Campus. The St. Johns Site will receive emergency notification for New Brunswick Theological Seminary students via the St. John’s Site Emergency Notification Messaging System. NBTS is informally in communication with St. Johns Department of Public Safety.
- Timely warnings will be issued when a crime that has already occurred, but represents an ongoing threat, takes place. The warning will be issued as soon as the pertinent information is available and will be initiated by a member of the Administrative Council.
9. Reporting Sexual Assault
New Brunswick Theological Seminary will not tolerate or condone any instance of sexual misconduct rape, acquaintance rape, other forcible or non-forcible sex offences, or harassment within its community. Complaints filed with the Seminary will be reported to the New Brunswick Police Department or the New York Police Department. The Student Handbook also delineates the rights of both the accuser and the accused. Anyone ultimately found guilty of these charges will be subject to appropriate sanctions. In addition, the Seminary will assist in the prosecution of criminal actions filed against alleged violators.
Every member of the faculty, administration, and staff of New Brunswick Theological Seminary, acting in his or her capacity as an employee of the Seminary, is obligated to immediately report any incident of sexual assault, rape, or other forcible sexual offense against any member of the Seminary community upon learning of the incident to a CSA. Even when the individual requests confidentiality of the incident, the employee has a responsibility to report it.
While endeavoring to protect the confidentiality of victims filing sexual assault reports, the Seminary may have an obligation to investigate and report incidents to the appropriate police department. Therefore, victims should understand that, in those instances, the Seminary will not be able to maintain the victim’s confidentiality as police reports are a matter of public record. In such circumstances, information regarding the incident may be disclosed, as necessary to persons other than the one(s) to whom the complaint is made, including the accused. Victims should also understand that the Seminary’s ability to respond and/or refer the matter to appropriate law enforcement authorities may be hindered to the extent the victim wishes to remain anonymous and/or to refrain from any pursuit of disciplinary action or investigation.
What is Unlawful Sexual Abuse?
All sex offense crimes punishable by law, which includes rape, sodomy, sexual assault, forcible touching, and facilitating a sex offense with a drug.
If a person engages in non-consensual sexual intercourse due to physical force, coercion, or threat, actual or implied, the act is considered rape in New Jersey. A person who is mentally incapacitated, asleep, physically helpless due to alcohol or drug consumption, or under the age of 17, is unable to consent. Regardless of the circumstances, sexual intercourse following a spoken “no” or any other expression of refusal or hesitation, even without further resistance of any kind, is rape – a felony crime in New York and New Jersey.
The rapist is always responsible for having committed the rape. Regardless of the victims’ appearance, behavior, judgment, or previous actions, the victim is not responsible for the rape or sexual abuse. Studies indicate that nearly 90 percent of college women who are raped know their assailant(s). Rape by someone the victim knows is particularly traumatic because their trust in others and in their own judgment may have been shattered.
Other Sex Offenses
Generally, a sexual offense, including sexual assault, is committed when a man or woman is forced or coerced, either through physical or psychological means, to engage in any form of sexual contact. It is also a sexual assault when one participant is unable to consent to the sexual conduct, due to intoxication, unconsciousness, or other disabling condition, or age. The Penal Law also makes it a crime to forcibly touch or grab the sexual parts of another.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It occurs in relationships of power and control (faculty/student, staff/student, employer/employee) and arises in one of two ways:
In quid pro quo situations, the aggressor uses his or her position as leverage to extort sexual contact from the victim in return for a promotion, a good grade, or even job security.
In hostile environment claims, the victim is subjected to unwelcome sexual advances that are so severe or pervasive that they create a hostile, offensive working or learning environment. Sexual harassment also exists between peers (student/student, faculty/faculty). Acts of harassment can range from verbal suggestion or innuendo to offensive physical contact. This includes sexual remarks, joking, sexual propositioning, pinching, grabbing, or fondling. Where physical abuse is involved, victims may pursue the aggressor in a criminal action. Victims of sexual harassment can take civil actions against employers and/or educational institutions, which may result in money damages.
Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are against the law and against the NBTS Code of Conduct. Individuals found guilty of violating these policies will be suspended or expelled from this institution. Details are available in the Student Handbook under Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Sexual Misconduct.
The Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights
Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.
Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic situations.
Disclosure to Alleged Victims of Crimes of Violence or Non-Forcible Sex Offenses
New Brunswick Theological Seminary will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the Seminary against the student, staff or faculty who is the alleged violator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the Seminary will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.
Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking
NBTS prohibits the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking as those terms are defined for purposes of the Clery Act;
Dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. For the purposes of this definition dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence is defined as a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed: by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.
Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.
To RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
To IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault may occur.
To INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
To CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
At NBTS, we want everyone to be a positive, active bystander and intervene when necessary to change the possible outcome of a potentially harmful situation. Researchers have suggested that in order to be a positive, active bystander, there are a series of steps individuals must take. (Burn 2009). These steps are:
- Notice the event
- Identify it as one where intervention is needed
- Take responsibility for the intervention
- Decide how to help
- Act to intervene
It is important to remember that:
- Sexual violence is a community issue
- There are many ways that we can intervene in situations
- Doing nothing is not an option
- We need to talk about and practice being positive, active bystanders
Information on Risk Reductions
- Understand what resources are available in the event you feel unsafe or need assistance.
- Be mindful of your surroundings and who you are with. IF you are going out- know your location.
- Be proactive: talk with your friends about your plans and intentions so that if something changes from the plan, they will know to check in with you.
- Trust your gut: if you feel as if you are in a bad situation, trust your instincts. Try to find a way to leave the situation. Consider calling or texting a trusted friend or make up an excuse to leave.
- If you are walking or staying late in a building at a time you feel vulnerable, let someone know where you are or ask someone to be with you. Do not hesitate to call the appropriate Police Department on your campus to let them know where you will be and what time you anticipate leaving or if you need an escort.
- Create a safety plan. If you are concerned for your ongoing safety, it can be worthwhile to create a safety plan. Safety planning is about finding ways to be safe in the present while planning for your future safety as well.
- Be an active and engaged bystander. This means being a good friend and stranger. If you see someone that is in a risky situation, help them.
10. Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
The health and safety of all our students, faculty, administration, staff, and visitors is of paramount concern at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. While the likelihood of a major emergency situation is remote, NBTS recognizes the critical importance of being prepared and has designed policies and procedures that seeks to ensure the security of the Seminary community in the event of a crisis.
On an annual basis, NBTS will conduct general campus safety training on both campuses with the local campus police. New York extension students and faculty will follow the instruction of the St. John’s Department of Public Safety.
The following procedures address the New Jersey campus. The Seminary’s policies and procedures are in place to effectively prepare for and respond to several different types of incidents that may occur. In the event of an emergency, our first goal is the safety of everyone on campus, so please pay special attention to all the available safety information.
Fire and Other Disasters:
In the event of evacuation the following steps should be taken:
The President will organize an Emergency Response Team comprised of Administrative Council members and others as necessary.
The Emergency Response Team will ensure that everyone on-campus is notified of evacuation via the emergency notification function of E2Campus.
Affected buildings should be cleared immediately, using appropriate evacuation routes.
Make sure all known visitors and disabled individuals are assisted. The elevator is not to be used in case of a fire. See posted signs for evacuation routes.
Teaching faculty should take class rosters outside, verify all students are present, and report results to an Administrative Council member. Classes will assemble on the far side of parking lot away from buildings (or in Sage Library as directed)
Supervisors will assemble employees on the far side of parking lot away from the buildings (or in Sage Library as directed).
Close the door and see that everyone is out of the class or work area.
Do not allow anyone to stop and pick up personal belongings.
The Network Administrator will retrieve digital files in the safest manner possible before leaving the building if required.
Use the nearest exit and do not enter any barricaded areas.
The President (or designee) will give the “all-clear” to return after all areas have been reported safe.
Sheltering in Place
How to “Shelter-in-Place” No matter where you are, the basic steps of shelter-in-place will generally remain the same. Should the need ever arise, follow these steps, unless instructed otherwise by local emergency personnel:
If you are inside, stay where you are. Collect any emergency shelter-in-place supplies and a telephone to be used in case of emergency. If you are outdoors, proceed into the closest building quickly or follow instructions from emergency personnel on the scene.
Locate a room to shelter inside. It should be:
- An interior room;
- Above ground level; and
- Without windows or with the least number of windows. If there is a large group of people inside a particular building, several rooms maybe necessary
Shut and lock all windows (tighter seal) and close exterior doors.
Turn off air conditioners, heaters, and fans.
Close vents to ventilation systems as you are able. (Facilities staff will turn off ventilation as quickly as possible.)
Make a list of the people with you and ask someone (Admin Council member, faculty, or other staff) to call the list in to NBPD so they know where you are sheltering. If only students are present, one of the students should call in the list to the NBPD.
Turn on a radio or TV and listen for further instructions.
Make yourself comfortable.
- Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
- Take note of the two nearest exits
- If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door
- Attempt to take the active shooter down as a last resort
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
1. RUN • Have an escape route and plan in mind • Leave your belongings behind • Keep your hands visible
2. HIDE • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors • Silence your cell phone and/or pager
3. FIGHT • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter
CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO
WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES
- Remain calm and follow instructions
- Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets)
- Raise hands and spread fingers
- Keep hands visible at all times
- Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety
- Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
- Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating
INFORMATION YOU SHOULD PROVIDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR 911 OPERATOR
- Location of the active shooter
- Number of shooters
- Physical description of shooters
- Number and type of weapons held by shooters
- Number of potential victims at the location
Watch this video to see how to respond in an active shooter situation.
“Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training Video.”
Produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
11. Drugs and Alcohol Policy
Students and employees of New Brunswick Seminary are strictly prohibited from consuming alcohol in the workplace or classroom, or reporting to work or attending class under the influence of alcohol or unlawful controlled substances.
Substance Abuse Prevention Policy
Students and employees of New Brunswick Seminary are strictly prohibited from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of controlled substances on the campus or as part of any Seminary activity.
Facilities specializing in drug abuse and addiction treatment are available by searching for, “Drug Abuse and Addiction – Information and Treatment.” The Seminary encourages students and employees seeking drug abuse and addiction treatment to consult with their advisors or supervisors respectively for help selecting an appropriate treatment facility. There are also a number of self-help and constituency groups that provide drug abuse and addiction information and referral services:
Phone: (732) 257-6100
DAMON HOUSE, INC
Phone: (732) 828-3988
JOURNEY TO WELLNESS INC.
Phone: (732) 709-7440
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (North Brunswick)
Phone: (732) 729-3600
Phone: (609) 924-8018
FAMILY SERVICES BUREAU OF NEWARK
Phone: (973) 412-2056
KENNEDY HEALTH SYSTEM PROGRAM
Phone: (800) 528-3425
Phone: 1(800) 378-4435
Other helpful contacts:
Primary Psychiatric Screening Center
University Behavioral Healthcare
671 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08855
Phone: (732) 235-5700
Suicide Prevention Helpline
National Suicide Prevention Helpline
This information is made available to all incoming students and staff members. Reminders will be sent out at the beginning of each semester via email.
12. Hate Crimes
As per federal requirement, “institutions must include by geographic location and by category of prejudice, any of the (above reported) offenses, and any other crime involving bodily injury reported to local police agencies or to a “campus security authority” that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias.” The categories of bias include: actual or perceived race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, national origin, and disability. The following crimes are indicated on the Clery crime statistics report:
Sexual Assault Offenses
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses
Burglary Motor Vehicle Theft Arson
Hate Crimes-A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offenders’ bias. “Bias” is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin. These include all the crimes listed above and the following:
Liquor Law Violations
Drug Abuse Violations
Weapons Law Violations
13. Campus Safety Tips
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 local Police Department by dialing 911 of any person or activity that arouses your suspicion.
Avoid isolation. After dark, walk with others. Use well-lit paths.
Do not prop open any building doors.
Do not leave property unattended or unprotected.
Familiarize yourself with the campus so you can walk confidently and purposefully to your destination.
Don’t carry valuables with you, but do keep a whistle handy in case you ever need to attract attention.
Always lock your parked car, keep all personal belongings in the trunk, and be sure your car keys are on a different ring from your home keys. While anti-theft equipment is not infallible, one or more will foil most amateurs and delay or deter most professionals.
14. In Case of Fire: *ALERT ALL OCCUPANTS* *EVACUATE THE BUILDING* CALL 911.
Campus Security Authorities (CSAs)
President of the Seminary – Micah McCreary – 732-247-5241
Dean of Academic Affairs – Beth Tanner – 732-247-5241
EVP of Operations & Chief Financial Officer – Kenneth Termott – 732-247-5241
Director of Student Care and Outreach – Joan Marshall – 732-247-5241
Facilities Manager – Paul Kuhn – 732-585-6725
New York Program Director – Faye Taylor – 718-990-6000