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How to Report an Incident

  1. Call the Public Safety Department at (201) 684-6666 (or extension 6666 if using an internal Ramapo College phone) or come to the Public Safety Department Office located on the ground floor of C-wing, Room C-102. (Ramapo College Public Safety TDD (201) 684-7011.)
  2. Provide a clear and distinct description of what the incident was about, who was involved, where it took place, when it took place, and, if you know, how or why it came about. Be as specific as possible and give your own name and those of other witnesses.
  3. If the emergency appears to be immediately life or public safety threatening, or involves the commission of a serious crime, call 9-911. (Calls from internal Ramapo phones, including those in the residence facilities, must be made by dialing “9” first and then 911.) Be advised that ambulances, which are staffed by volunteers, are dispatched only by the Mahwah Police. Similarly, the volunteer Fire Department is sent to the College by the Mahwah Police Department. Do not call 9-911 unless an immediate and true emergency exists. The non-emergency Mahwah Police phone number is (201) 529-1000.
  4. Crimes or violations of College policies may also be reported to employees who do not work in the Public Safety Department but who are involved with student and campus activities. All College personnel who learn of a crime must report the incident to the Public Safety Department. Employees who are told about the commission or probable commission of a crime must report this information promptly to the Public Safety Department by going to room C-102 or calling extension 6666. The Public Safety Department will, in turn, notify the Mahwah Police Department so a formal investigation can begin. The staff of the Center for Health and Counseling Services is exempt from this specific reporting requirement, although, if a client discusses with a counselor knowledge of a crime, the counselor will explore options with the client including the voluntary reporting of that crime to the proper authorities.
  5. Reports concerning campus crimes made to any College official become part of the official crime statistics for the College which are then published in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Public Safety Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Each year representatives from the Office of Student Conduct, the Public Safety Department, and Student Affairs meet to compile the crime statistics and prepare the annual report. In addition, the Public Safety Department consults with the Mahwah Police Department to corroborate all data. Public notices regarding campus crimes will be published on short notice if a danger to the College community persists.

How A Report is Handled

The policies of Ramapo College, that are enforced by the Public Safety Department, are known to students, faculty, and staff through College publications including the Residence Agreement, the Guide to Community Living (for resident students), and the Student Handbook. Any violation of the Ramapo Code of Conduct is referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Cases are adjudicated through Disciplinary Conferences or Judicial Boards. If someone commits an act deemed threatening and/or dangerous, a College administrator, including designated members of the Public Safety Department and On-Call Administrators, can immediately affect an interim suspension from the College or from the residence halls alone. When serious violations of the law occur, the College alerts the Mahwah Police Department whose members may affect arrests. Criminal court cases may then result in addition to campus judicial system actions. Students are strongly urged to report crimes and violations of College policy so they and their fellow students are protected to the maximum extent possible.