Safety & Security

Safety & Security

Our residents' safety and security in NJIT housing and around the Newark area is important to us. Residential Life, in coordination with Public Safety, works to provide a safe and healthy living environment.  Please review the important safety and security information below. 

Identification Cards

To obtain a replacement ID card, go to the Security Systems Department located at 131 Summit Street (Laurel Hall, on the corner of Summit Avenue and Warren Street). You must have a valid NJIT ID and hall sticker to gain access into the residence halls. Your RA will pass building stickers out at the beginning of each semester. You are required to present your NJIT ID to enter all residence halls and special events on campus. Your ID also serves as your meal card. All members of the NJIT community must present their NJIT ID upon the request of any NJIT official.

Security

NJIT has a professionally trained campus police force on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A desk attendant is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in each of the residence halls. Anyone entering an NJIT building, including residents, must have a valid NJIT ID to access the building. Non-residents must leave photo ID at the front desk and wait for their host to escort them into the building. Guests under the age of 15 will need written permission from the residence coordinator of your building to enter.

Insurance

NJIT/Residence Life is not responsible for damages to or theft of items that residents bring to campus. It is recommended that you try to attach your belongings to your parents’ insurance or obtain renters insurance to cover your personal belongings. For information on purchasing insurance to cover your student’s property please view the following websites for additional information: Please visit www.nssi.com.

Doors

Propping doors open severely compromises the security of the residence halls. If a door is propped open, remove the prop, pull the door closed and the door will lock itself. Do not prop doors open.

Fire Safety

When a fire alarm sounds, ASSUME the alarm is real. Residents and their guests must evacuate the building immediately. If extra assistance is needed, please make sure the Residence Life is aware of your needs, EVEN if it is temporary. Failure to exit the building during a fire alarm results in disciplinary action. If a resident fails to comply with fire drill procedures, sets a fire, sets off a false alarm or empties a fire extinguisher, he/she is subject to suspension and criminal prosecution and/or disciplinary action.

FIRE EXIT PROCEDURES

1. THINK, AND THEN RESPOND QUICKLY BUT SAFELY. Common sense could save your life.

2. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER. Toss a towel around your neck in case you encounter smoke while exiting.

3. BEFORE OPENING YOUR DOOR, FEEL IT. If it is hot, stay in your room and call 973-596-3111 to let them know where you are. Trained fire rescuers will assist you.

4. IF IT IS NOT HOT, OPEN IT SLOWLY. If there is no smoke or visible fire, proceed to the nearest exit.

5. IF YOU ENCOUNTER SMOKE WHILE EXITING, DROP, STAY LOW AND CRAWL TO THE NEAREST EXIT.

6. ONCE OUTSIDE, CYPRESS/REDWOOD HALLS REPORT TO THE CAMPUS CENTER, LAUREL/OAK HALLS REPORT TO THE PARKING DECK, HONORS REPORTS TO GREEK VILLAGE SIDE OF THE STREET AND GREEK VILLAGE REPORTS TO THE HONORS GREEN. FURTHER DIRECTIONS WILL BE GIVEN AT THIS POINT.

7. ONCE OUTSIDE, REPORT ANY INFORMATION RELATED TO A FIRE/SMOKE, FELLOW STUDENTS STILL INSIDE, ETC., TO ANY STAFF AT THE SCENE.

Key, Combination, and ID Use

Residents are urged to exercise extreme caution by safeguarding their keys and combinations, and should carry them at all times. Disciplinary action will be brought against any resident who shares his/her keys and or combinations with anyone who does not live in that room.

Search and Seizure

NJIT recognizes residents’ right to privacy, but maintains the right for its authorized personnel to enter residents’ premises for the following reasons:

  • without notice in an emergency involving danger to life or property;
  • upon notice for the purpose of health and safety inspections;
  • for routine and immediate maintenance;
  • without notice when a condition is observed that is prohibited by the Residence Life Contract, NJIT or residence life regulations; and when it is reasonably believed that a resident is using the assigned space in a manner contrary to the provisions of the Residence Life Contract and Residence Life or University policies.

Occupants need not be present for staff entry into rooms or searches for any of the above reasons. Residence life staff always knocks and announce entry. Residents are not permitted to enter another student’s room in the absence of the occupants. An individual or general room search by NJIT professional staff and police officers is conducted only after approval from the dean of students is secured, or a legal search warrant is obtained. Object(s) of the search, as well as other prohibited items, will be removed. Items that may be legally possessed, but are not permitted in the residence halls, will be confiscated. Confiscated items must be signed out from your residence hall office and taken home before Thanksgiving and Memorial Day. Any items left will be discarded.

Theft

All thefts should be reported to the residence life staff and Public Safety Department immediately (973-596-3120). The Residence Life Office and NJIT are not responsible for loss of or damages to, any personal property. Because there is the possibility of theft and damage, residents are requested to check their family insurance policy to see if it covers any losses, or to obtain rental insurance.