Safety Policies

Safety & Security At Events

The Department of Public Safety will take every measure possible to secure the general welfare and safety of all students, guests, and employees. Public Safety Officers will show a presence, or be available on-site, for assigned weekend and special events, and will provide security measures such as metal detecting and bag checks.

  • All events with an expected attendance of 250 or more patrons will be subject to the appropriate electronic security system and personal search methods, conducted by Public Safety Officers, unless otherwise indicated by the Department of Public Safety.
  • All individuals attending an event must enter through assigned metal detectors, located at the entrance way for every venue. Performers and Disc Jockey(s) must pass through metal detectors upon entering a function as well.
  • PLEASE NOTE: It is the organization’s responsibility to inform all performers about the St. John’s University metal detector policy and its regular use at functions.
  • Fliers can be brought 10 days prior to the event when the Event Agreement is submitted. They also will not accept fliers within 5 days of the event. (This is to prevent fliers from being displayed for too short or too long of a time period).
  • Prior to entering a venue through the stationed metal detectors, proof of identification must be shown in order to gain access to the event. A valid, government-issued photo identification card or valid college identification card is required, and all patrons must be 18 years of age. Organizations must indicate this I.D. guideline on all of their approved advertisement.
  • No sharp objects, flammable products, or open containers will be permitted at any event.
  • Fliers can be brought 10 days prior to the event when the Event Agreement is submitted. They also will not accept fliers within 5 days of the event. (This is to prevent fliers from being displayed for too short or too long of a time period).
  • All controlled substances are strictly prohibited on-campus. Anyone who appears to be under the influence of a controlled substance, or intoxicated, will be reported to the Department of Public Safety and will be asked to leave the premises.
  • Off-duty police officers cannot enter a venue with their weapons. A safe will be provided in which off-duty officers can store their weapons at the Office of Public Safety.
  • All doorways are to be kept cleared at all times. Moreover, exit signs will not be covered or turned off in order to accommodate a function, for any reason - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Fire Safety

From the SJU Fire Safety Office: Barbeque grills are only permitted on St. John's campuses with permission of Student Life, Conference Services, and Public Safety and only under the supervision of Chartwells and/or Facilities personnel.

Propane (gas) Grills

  • Grill should be at least 10 feet away from any building or combustibles
  • Store and use grills on flat non-flammable surfaces
  • A compatible fire extinguisher must be present
  • Grills must be in proper working order at all times. They should be checked prior to each use. Grills should be cleaned regularly to avoid grease buildup
  • Never leave a grill unattended when in use and keep children away
  • Never start a grill with the lid closed. Gas can accumulate and cause an explosion.
  • Never store propane indoors or near any heat source. Storage cages are available adjacent to the Montgoris Hall loading dock - Both Public Safety and Chartwells have keys - Storage is prohibited any other place on campus
  • Never wear loose clothing that may catch fire

Charcoal Grills

  • Never use any flammable liquid other than barbecue starter fluid and never put it on an open flame
  • Remove the charcoal ashes from the grill and place them in a metal container and add water. Do not dispose of the ashes for 24 hours
  • Never use the grill indoors because of the obvious fire hazard but it also generates large amount of carbon monoxide

In Case of Barbeque Fire

  • For propane grills-turn off the burners. For charcoal grills- close the lid.
  • For propane grills-if you can safely reach the tank valve, shut it off
  • If the fire involves the tank, evacuate the area and call the Fire Department
  • Never attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water. Use only an approved (ABC) extinguisher
  • Any questions, call Fire Safety Director Bob Gleason at (718) 990-2587.