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 board is comprised of student representatives from across Johns Hopkins University campuses and meets monthly with the Vice President for Security and Vice Provost for Student Affairs to provide feedback, share concerns of fellow students, and offer ideas for improving security.

The committee will be supported by staff from Johns Hopkins Security and Student Affairs and other offices 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. Initial appointments to the committee are for a one year term and members can be re-appointed. Students must be currently enrolled at the university to serve on the committee.

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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 is charged with advising 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;
  • educate students on crime prevention, individual safety, and emergency preparedness;
  • involve university students in the development of a strategic plan for Johns Hopkins Security.
  • enhance support and advocacy for victims of crime;
  • ensure a fair and balanced process for responding to security-related incidents, concerns and complaints;
  • explore methods for integrating new technology into security operations: and,
  • ensure 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 15 students, including:

  • 10 representatives from designated student groups/organizations
  • 5 at-large members

Designated student groups/organizations (listed below) will be asked to nominate at least two candidates. All interested students and nominees should complete the online application [link]. The committee membership will be selected by the Vice President of Security in consultation with the Vice President of Student Affairs and will be representative of the schools and reflective of the diversity of the graduate and undergraduate student body.

The 10 designated committee members will include one from each of the following student groups/organizations:

  • Homewood Student Government Association
  • Homewood Graduate Representative Organization
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health Student Assembly
  • School of Nursing Student Senate
  • School of Medicine Medical Student Senate
  • School of Medicine Graduate Student Association
  • School of Advanced International Studies SGA
  • Carey Business School Student Advocacy Council
  • School of Education Student Body
  • Peabody Institute Student Body (undergraduate or graduate)