On Oct. 15, President Daniels and Dean Rothman shared upcoming opportunities for dialogue about the future of JHU security in a message to Johns Hopkins students, faculty, staff, and neighbors
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the status of the proposal to establish a police department at JHU?
The security challenges on and around the Johns Hopkins campuses in Baltimore have not subsided, and we continue to believe we need to augment the capabilities of our security operation to ensure the safety and security of our community. We are considering a broad range of options, including the potential for building a best-in-class, university-based police department, and we need and are seeking the input of our faculty, students, staff, neighbors, community groups, and elected officials.
What about constitutional protections?
If delegated full police powers by the General Assembly, JHU police officers would be subject to all federal and state constitutional protections and limitations.
Would a police department take over student discipline and free speech?
Establishing a university police department would not change our student conduct policies. Our goal is not to criminalize activity that can be and currently is addressed through other means.
This is a critical opportunity not only to strengthen public safety in and around our campuses but also to model best practices that focus specifically on the needs of our community.
- Ronald J. Daniels
- President, Johns Hopkins University