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Policing at Drexel

Traffic violation

To provide for the safety and security of all individuals using Drexel facilities, students, faculty and professional staff are required to comply with the policies and procedures which are found in the Student Handbook and University Policies. Additional guidelines are provided below:

Building Safety

Individuals are not permitted to bring bikes (or any other vehicle, either manually or motor powered) into any building owned or operated by Drexel University without authorization from the Office of the Senior Associate Vice President of Public Safety or designee.

Those granted permission to bring a bike into a building must store it in their private office and not allow it to impede the access or exit from a building.

Pets of any kind are not permitted into any University building without receiving approval from the Office of the Senior Vice President of Student Life and Administrative Services or designee.


No student, faculty, staff or visitor shall keep, use, possess, display or transport any rifles, shotguns, handguns, pellet or BB guns, dangerous knives, billy clubs, makeshift weapons, martial arts weapons, or any other lethal or dangerous devices capable of casting a projectile by air, gas, explosion, or mechanical means on any property or in any building owned or operated by the University, or in any vehicle on campus. The only exception to this policy pertains to the Drexel University Police Department and other recognized law enforcement officials. Realistic facsimiles of weapons are also specifically not allowed.

The Drexel Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is authorized to store, transport in a secured manner, and use firearms only in designated areas approved by the ROTC program when performing functions associated with their official duties.

Drugs and Alcohol

Drexel University Police Department Vehicles


The possession, use, distribution or sale of narcotics or drugs, other than those medically prescribed, properly used and stored in the original container, by students, employees or visitors on University property or while on University business is prohibited. Off-campus possession, use, distribution or sale of narcotics or drugs by students or staff are inconsistent with the University's policies and goals, a violation of local and state laws, and therefore prohibited. Any and all types of drug paraphernalia including, but not limited to bongs, pipes and any items modified or adapted so that they can be used to consume drugs are not permitted on University property.

Drexel's policy regarding alcohol is consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The consumption, distribution or service of alcoholic beverages must comply with the Pennsylvania Liquor and Crimes Code, which defines the lawful consumption and service of alcohol and prescribes sanctions for violations.

The University’s policies on substance abuse and alcoholic beverages are outlined in the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Policies on Alcohol and Other Drugs, along with related information on University sanctions for violation of these policies, criminal sanctions for the illegal possession or distribution of drugs and alcohol, health risks of drugs and alcohol, and places to get help concerning the illicit use and abuse of alcohol and drugs.


Sexual Assault

Drexel University seeks to foster a safe and healthy environment based on trust and respect. The University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, including discrimination based on sex and gender, and has a zero-tolerance policy concerning any and all forms of sexual harassment and misconduct. The University prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct in any form, including, but not limited to, sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual abuse, stalking, intimate partner violence and any form of nonconsensual sexual conduct.

Please consult Drexel University's Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct Policy (OED-3) and the Title IX Resource Page for more information.


Bicycle/Skateboard/Skating/Motorcycle Policy

This Policy was created to promote pedestrian safety and to prevent physical damage to exterior surfaces owned and maintained by Drexel University by bicycles, motorcycles, skateboards, in-line skates and scooters.



By statute, a bicycle is a vehicle and cyclists must obey all traffic laws. Anyone using a bicycle shall do so in a safe manner and always yield the right of way to pedestrians.

  • Bicycles shall be operated at a reasonable, safe, and prudent speed at all times.
  • Cyclists are required to use designated bike racks for parking.
  • Bicycles may not be parked or stored blocking building entrances or exits, stairways or pedestrian walkways.
  • Bicycles may not be parked or stored in hallways, stairways or public areas in University buildings.
  • Bicycles may not be parked or stored inside any Drexel University building unless the area is specifically designated for such storage and/or approved by the office of Fire & Life Safety.

Skateboards/Skates/In-Line Skates/Scooters

The use of skateboards, skates, in-line skates and scooters shall be allowed only as a means of transportation on public thoroughfares and are not permitted on any Drexel University property including pathways, ramps, railings, curbs, benches, steps or stairs and other such structures.


Motorcycles or Motorbikes

In accordance with Pa. Motor Vehicle law, motorcycles, motorbikes or scooters may not be operated on sidewalks or pedestrian pathways. Motorcycles or motorbikes must be parking in designated parking spaces and may not be stored or parked within University buildings.


Violators of this policy may be subject to University and/or statutory penalty.