Security & Safety

Mission Statement

The Department of Campus Safety and Security is committed to working with the PAFA community to maintain excellence in public safety services and to promote an atmosphere that is beneficial to all.

2018-2019 Security & Safety Report

About Campus Safety

All students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to immediately report unusual or suspicious incidents to Campus Safety and Security. The department will dispatch an officer to evaluate the situation. If necessary, the appropriate PAFA officials or external authorities will be contacted.

Campus Safety and Security enjoy an excellent working relationship with the Philadelphia Police Department, which has the primary police jurisdiction for the campus. All matters brought to the attention of Campus Safety and Security will be investigated to determine the appropriate action, and victims of crime are given the opportunity to report the incident to the police department. Campus Safety & Security operates on three elements: prevention, education, and response.


PAFA is continually developing new safety programs and resources, which focus on creating a safe and secure campus environment. Some of the services available through Campus Safety & Security include:

  • Emergency telephones, which are provided throughout the campus. Red emergency phones and security cameras are also located strategically across campus. All equipment is monitored 24 hours a day by security.
  • Crime Alerts, which are issued when deemed necessary through the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs. Students are officially notified via email and/or voicemail.
  • Shuttle service, which provides transportation to specific locations around Philadelphia. The service, which is administered by Campus Safety and Security, operates 5 days a week when classes are scheduled. Call (215) 972-2100 for information on times, cancellation and routes.


During Orientation, the Director of Campus Safety & Security reviews with all incoming students the security procedures and services, including emergency evacuations, incident reporting procedures, building access and safety guidelines. The Student Handbook, given to every student, and the Annual Security Report further outline the services and policies around safety and security. Every student has quick access to important safety phone numbers, campus crime statistics, community support services, and hotlines, and incident procedures. 


All students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to report unusual or suspicious incidents immediately to Campus Safety & Security. The department will dispatch an officer to evaluate the situation. If necessary, we will contact the appropriate authorities.

Office Hours

The Campus Safety & Security Office is open for general business Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Historic Landmark Building. To contact an officer after business hours, community members should dial (215) 972-2073 or (215) 972-2074 or use extension 2073/2074 from on-campus locations.