Student Advisory Committee for Security

The Student Advisory Committee for Security addresses a variety of subjects related to student safety and security and provides diverse perspectives from both undergraduate and graduate students on issues such as recruitment and training of personnel, security-related communications and reports, and new safety initiatives.

Overview and Membership

The JHU Student Advisory Committee for Security advises the Vice President for Security on a range of issues involving safety and security from the student perspective. The Committee is comprised of student representatives from across Johns Hopkins University schools and meets regularly with the Vice President for Security and senior administrators from the office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs to provide insight, feedback, share concerns of fellow students, and offer ideas for improving security.

The committee is supported by staff from Johns Hopkins Security and Student Affairs and key campus stakeholders as necessary, who will provide information on current university policies, practices, and programs and assist with other materials to inform the Advisory Committee’s work.

The JHU Student Advisory Committee for Security is composed of interested students appointed by the Vice President for Security in coordination with the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. The committee is broadly representative of Johns Hopkins University undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the schools and reflective of the diversity of the university community. Students are selected for a one year term and are welcome to apply for additional terms. Students must be currently enrolled at the university to serve on the committee.


The JHU Student Advisory Committee for Security will provide input and recommend strategies to enhance the university’s security policies, practices and programs and serve as a forum to voice concerns about, and provide ideas for improving, security at Johns Hopkins University.

The committee will advise the university in its ongoing efforts to:

  • enhance the university’s current security program;
  • incorporate student feedback into hiring and training practices for security personnel;
  • ensure transparency in security operations;
  • provide guidance on crime prevention, individual safety, and emergency preparedness messaging for students;
  • incorporate student perspective in the development of a strategic plan for Johns Hopkins Security.
  • enhance support and advocacy for victims of crime;
  • advocate a fair and balanced process for responding to security-related incidents, concerns and complaints;
  • explore methods for integrating new technology into security operations: and,
  • work toward student inclusion and involvement in issues impacting safety and security on campus.

Guiding Principles

  • Recruitment and Training. Johns Hopkins University recognizes the need to employ security personnel who represent the diversity of the community we serve, understand the university culture, and are trained to the highest of standards for a security organization.  JHU students are key stakeholders in identifying priorities for the recruitment and training of these individuals.
  • Crime Prevention and Safety. Safety training and tips can be incredibly valuable in preventing crime and protecting our community.  Students can be a force multiplier in identifying and reporting issues, and are an important part of an overall crime prevention strategy.
  • Communication and Reporting. Johns Hopkins Security is committed to timely, accurate reporting of crimes committed on and around our campuses to ensure students, faculty, staff, and visitors are aware of incidents that may impact their safety.  The perspectives of our students are valuable in determining the best methods and procedures for ensuring the community is informed about both prior incidents and ongoing risks.
  • Policies and Procedures.  Security policies and procedures must be clear, fair, based on best-practices, and reflective of the mission and values of the university.  Student input is vital to the evaluation of new and existing policies.
  • Engagement and Transparency.  Johns Hopkins Security cannot be successful without genuine, transparent partnerships and collaboration.  The committee will work to ensure inclusion, appreciate diversity, and maintain respect for differing viewpoints.


The Advisory Committee is comprised of 12 students.

The committee membership is selected by the Vice President of Security in consultation with the Vice Provost of Student Affairs. Twelve (12) undergraduate and graduate students will be selected to serve on the committee, with representation from all schools for a one year term. Students are eligible to apply for a second term.

Meeting Notes

In a commitment to transparency, Committee Members approve monthly meeting notes to post online. Each month’s notes can be found below: