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Safety Tips

10 Things You Should Know

Drexel University's Department of Public Safety encourages students, faculty and professional staff to educate themselves about University safety services. Here is a list of 10 things you should know.


Contact Numbers

Emergencies: 215.895.2222 or 9-1-1

215.895.2222 connects you with a dispatcher from the Drexel University Public Safety Communications Center. Add this number to your mobile phone contacts as "Drexel Public Safety."

Additional Contact Numbers:
Walking Escorts and Non-emergencies (University City): 215.895.2822
Center City Campus Security: 215.762.7111
Queen Lane Campus Security: 215.991.8102
Academy of Natural Sciences Security: 215.299.1019


Drexel Guardian

Drexel Guardian turns your cell phone into a personal safety device. When you call from a cell phone registered with Drexel Guardian, the Public Safety Communications Center can access your information, including name and current location, to respond quickly during an emergency. To activate this service, you must register your phone and download the Rave Guardian application: raveguardian.com.


Walking Escorts

Public Safety offers walking escorts within our patrol boundaries in University City upon request, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. University City District Ambassadors also provide walking escorts from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. between 30th and 42nd Streets from Wallace Street to Woodland Avenue, and from 42nd to 50th Streets from Market Street to Woodland Avenue. To request an escort, call 215.895.2822, use a blue-light emergency phone or ask any Public Safety officer on patrol.


Drexel Bus Service

University Facilities and Real Estate runs free shuttles for students, faculty and professional staff to and from all three Philadelphia campuses. For current schedules visit the Bus Service Schedules webpage.

Please direct questions to: transitinfo@drexel.edu | 215.895.1700


DrexelALERT Emergency Notification System

DrexelALERT is an emergency notification system that provides fast dissemination of critical information to Drexel students, faculty and professional staff via text messaging, phone and e-mail to many devices.

DrexelALERT's effectiveness depends upon individuals providing accurate personal contact information. To confirm your contact information:

  • Log in to DrexelOne (using your Drexel User ID (abc123) and password).
  • Select the Welcome tab in the main menu bar.
  • Select Drexel Alert under the Safety and Security header.
  • Update your contact information and select Submit.

Emergency Telephones

Emergency telephones are located throughout the University City, Center City and Queen Lane campuses. These phones automatically contact the Drexel University Public Safety Communications Center and indicate the caller's exact location.


Preventing Theft on Campus

Most crimes on campus are unattended thefts. Theft leaves victims susceptible to the loss of important/personal items and potential identity theft. Safeguard your valuables by taking these simple steps:

  • Keep your personal items with you or secured at all times.
  • Always lock and never prop doors.
  • Secure your bicycle with a U-Lock (or multiple locks).
  • Register your bike and/or computers/laptops with Drexel Public Safety's free service (bring items to 3219 Arch Street).
  • Remove personal and electronic items from vehicles that are in plain view.
  • Report suspicious activity to Drexel Police by calling 215.895.2222 or from any emergency phone.

Building Access

Students, faculty and professional staff should carry their Drexel ID card (DragonCard) with them at all times to access campus buildings. For current information about University City building access, review the Building Access Guidelines implemented by the Department of Public Safety.


Safety Tips and Practices

Safety and security are shared responsibilities. Here are some basic safety precautions you can take to prevent potential campus threats:

  • Walk in well-lit areas and avoid using darker, quieter alleys or low-occupancy / vacant passages, especially at night. Stay aware of your surrounding and avoid distractions from smartphones, headsets and other mobile devices, particularly when crossing the street and late at night.
  • Keep your belongings close to your body. If your wallet, phone, backpack or purse is taken, don't fight; give it up immediately and then call 911.
  • Do not flash smartphones, money or credit cards around in public. Have your key out and ready when walking to your car or home door.
  • Avoid talking to strangers or responding to panhandlers. Never hitchhike or accept a ride from an unknown person.
  • Practice the buddy system whenever possible, particularly when going out to a party, bar, club or taking public transit at night. Always identify a designated driver or have a ride home arranged if you will be drinking.
  • Never leave your drink unattended at a social event. If a friend becomes disoriented or unusually intoxicated, take them to a safe space and call for help immediately.
  • Keep apartment / house doors and windows locked, and valuables stored out of sight.
  • Keep car doors locked and remove all valuables from sight, even loose change.
  • Do not prop open building doors. Report suspicious persons inside campus buildings.
  • Obey all vehicle and bike traffic laws. Practice safe biking by wearing a helmet and other protective gear.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts and practice common sense.
  • Report suspicious behavior to Drexel Police by calling 215.895.2222.

Online Security and Identity Theft

Be selective and cautious when entering personal information online. Only use websites that you recognize and trust. Take the necessary precautions to avoid email scams, viruses, phishing and spam. Visit Drexel University Information Technology's website for additional information on internet and computer safety.