Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Andrew S. Tinnin, Ed.D.

Committee Member 1

Tyrone McCombs, Ph.D.

Committee Member 2

Stephanie Lezotte, Ph.D.


Emergency communications systems; Universities and colleges--Security measures


Educational Leadership | Higher Education


The purpose of this quantitative study is to understand the impact emergency alert systems have on campus safety for Rowan University members using a quantitative survey. With a need to examine how universities and campus communities react to emergency scenarios, this study will focus on the reactions of those at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and how they respond to emergency alerts. Through the research completed, we will look into how community members of Rowan University view their safety on the Glassboro campus, the effectiveness of Rowan’s emergency alert systems, when Rowan sends out the emergency alerts, and how Rowan University community members react when the alerts are sent out. This study will provide insight on how Rowan University views public safety issues and how safety is viewed on Rowan’s Glassboro campus. The study also allows for a deeper understanding of what can be improved to allow for a safer campus community. Findings include the difference between how commuters and residential students view their safety on campus as well as the difference between how males and females view their safety on campus. Additional findings from the study also show the need for an increase in emergency preparedness lessons for campus community members and more detailed emergency alert notifications.