Public Safety & U — March (Faculty/Professional Staff)

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Spring is almost here, the luck of the Irish is in the air, and sports enthusiasts are ready to cheer on their favorite basketball teams during March Madness. With nicer weather on the horizon, and more of the community back on campus, the Department of Public Safety urges you to enjoy all your March activities responsibly.

Alcohol Awareness


Did You Know? Drinks are not only measured by the size of the container they are served in, but also by the amount of alcohol in the beverage. A “standard drink” contains 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). For more alcohol safety information, visit NIAAA’s “Rethinking Drinking” website. Specific tips for young adults are available at

It is also important to acknowledge that it is much harder to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, such as wearing a mask and physical distancing, while drinking.

The following tips are relevant for adults of all ages as a guideline for safe and responsible drinking:

  • Know your limit.
  • Eat food before and while you drink.
  • Drink a glass of water between alcoholic beverages.
  • Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know.
  • Watch how your drinks are prepared.
  • Most drugs and alcohol do not mix well; be sure to read warning labels.
  • Never drink and drive; make a plan and designate a driver.
  • Don’t let your friends get into a cab or car service, such as Uber or Lyft, alone.

Responsible Dragon Amnesty Program. Remind your students that if they find themselves in a situation where they need medical attention because of alcohol or drugs, Drexel has established the Responsible Dragons Amnesty Program (RDAP), which provides amnesty to students and student organizations from disciplinary action in a medical emergency. More information on RDAP can be found in the Student Code of Conduct.

If you suspect an alcohol emergency, call 215.895.2222 or 911 right away.

Community Commitments

Blood Drive on April 2

Join Drexel Public Safety and the American Red Cross for an upcoming blood drive on April 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Red Cross House, 400 Powelton Ave. Register here using sponsor code “Drexel Police.”

From left to right: Officers Hubert, Freeman and Barone.

Healthy Hearts for Families

Drexel Public Safety recently launched “Healthy Hearts for Families” to help fill the pantry at the Ronald McDonald House of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Public Safety team was successful in donating healthy snacks for the families staying at the House while their children are being treated.

Staying Safe On Campus & Over Spring Break

Learn About Situational Preparedness: Your Safety Is Our Goal

Being aware of your surroundings and recognizing situations that are potentially dangerous are key to keeping yourself safe. Public Safety is now offering virtual, interactive, monthly presentations on situational preparedness that educate the Drexel community about measures they can take to prevent themselves from being victims of a crime. The sessions provide tips to encourage you not to be scared, but to be prepared.

The first of these presentations, hosted by Drexel Community Relations Officers Kim McClay and Thomas Cirone, will be held March 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. These presentations are open to the entire Drexel community. To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, please contact Officer Cirone at or Officer McClay at

Health & Safety Over Spring Break

In a recent email communication, Drexel University’s Return Oversight Committee provided recommendations and resources to the Drexel community to ensure that we all have a relaxing and safe spring break later in March, as we continue to follow recommended COVID-19 health and safety protocols. You can read the message on DrexelNow.

Important Reminders

  • We’re here for you when you need us. Drexel Public Safety urges you to call 215.895.2222 immediately if you are the victim of or witness to a crime. Our Communications Center is staffed 24-7 in order to serve you, whether or not you choose to remain anonymous when making a report. It is vital that crimes are reported promptly to Drexel Police so that they can be investigated, and so that Public Safety can connect the victim(s) with proper resources.
  • Take precautions against vehicle thefts. Public Safety encourages students, faculty and professional staff to be alert, take precautions and report crimes and suspicious activities. Remember to lock your vehicles, remove your keys from the vehicle and never leave your car running, even if you are just going into a store for a quick errand. Park in well-lit areas and do not leave any items, including small change, in view inside of your vehicle. For more safety tips and information about vehicle thefts, please review this feature in the Triangle.

Emergency Numbers

215.895.2222 or 911

TTY: 215.571.4141

Walking Escorts


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