Fearing AC Crime, Stockton Carnegie Students Want Classes Moved to Galloway

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Crime in some parts of Atlantic City is so bad, a group of Stockton Carnegie Center students want their classes moved to the Galloway main campus. Alexa Callens is leading the charge. She’s had enough. Alexa is a masters student, taking Stockton classes at the Carnegie Center building in downtown Atlantic City.

This Stockton campus is located within CRDA controlled Tourism District on Pacific Ave, right across from an X-Rated shop.

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Stockton Carnegie is just a short walk to needle exchanges, rehabs, ex-offender housing, Tennessee Ave, and well-known drug corners.

Some of the most crime ridden parts of Atlantic City. The Schultz-Hill Foundation is also located on this block. Fearing for her well being and the safety of other students, Alexa created an online petition for these MSW (Masters of Social Work) students who attend classes at Carnegie Atlantic City. Sign the Petition website

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Stockton Carnegie students want classes moved to safer Galloway campus.

Alexa Callens: Safety surrounding the Carnegie Center in Atlantic City is virtually non-existent.

  • Multiple cars broken into and/or stolen
  • Students need security officers to walk them to/from class
  • Parking attendant (usually not present) supposed to be watching lot
  • Drug use in the parking lot
  • Multiple crimes occurred around Carnegie. Many don’t want to leave building

Alexa Callens: We still are at an unfair advantage compared to other students located on main campus. We worry about our safety and our belongings! As masters students, we contribute the same fees and tuition dollars as other students who attend classes at the main campus in Galloway, feeling safe.

We understand that theft and safety issues may be anywhere, however; the crime rate in Atlantic City exceeds that of the Galloway Township campus. At no point should students have to feel unsafe while trying to continue their education.


Alexa Callens created an online petition for MSW (Masters of Social Work) students who attend school in AC. Please sign. All signatures will be presented to the Dean of Students. Sign the Petition website

Stephen A. I was a member of the Stockton board of directors during the development of Carnegie. I often expressed my concern for overall safety for everyone at Carnegie. Unfortunately certain individuals on the board and other members of the Stockton community who have no idea of the real world prevailed and this is the predicted outcome. These are the same individuals who managed to discredit a good number of us who do live in reality as unpleasant that may be at times.

Former Student. Stockton has never cared from day 1. Students began bringing up safety issues. We were required to complete evaluations at the end of every single semester regarding attending school in this location. Regardless of the countless complaints and feelings we shared about safety concerns – nothing has ever been done about it. Being in AC doesn’t make us more culturally competent (the “reason” behind having programs there) its been making everyone have even more negative feelings towards the city and our school. When new students apply for the MSW program at Stockton – it is not shared on any online information that the program is in AC. Many of us who didn’t attend Stockton for undergrad didn’t find this out until we attended orientation only a few weeks before the start of the year. I would have never applied if I knew what the school subjects their students to.

Former Student. I did my MBA at Stockton in 2013. I work in the city now. I see the blight everyday. It’s not a Stockton problem, but a city problem. Stockton should use its leverage to force the city to actually take the blight and crime infested Pacific avenues more seriously and clean it up. It’s been this way for years with no sign of changing.

Melissa M. I remember leaving late nights and men standing around the parking lot, calling on female students and trying to lure them. Stockton is aware of human trafficking and should know how predominant it is in that area. It’s a matter of time before a student is assaulted or harmed.

I put two daughters through Stockton. If they were forced to take classes in AC, I would have sent them to Rowan. I worked as a law enforcement officer in AC for many years, It’s just not safe.

Susan D. When our daughter decided to go after her Masters Degree we were thrilled. However, we assumed that her safety would NOT be in jeopardy. We expected that her classes would be held on the Main Campus, not in the middle of Atlantic City with little, to no, security for a class that lets out late at night and is mostly women. As I understand it, there is supposed to be security taking her to her car – there isn’t!

There’s supposed to be security watching the lots – again, there isn’t! I see absolutely NO reason why these students should be at risk of muggings, rape, their car being stolen or broken into, or being crashed into walls (which has happened most recently) I have lost count of the cars that have been broken into from last year to this year. This is absolutely absurd.

I attended Stockton for Bachelors of Social Work and was planning to attend for Masters; however, when I found out classes were not on main campus, I chose another school.

Stephanie S. I attend the MSW (Masters of Social Work) classes at Carnegie Center and it’s truly dangerous. Drugs distribution, prostitution, sex stores, strip clubs, etc.

John O. The location of these classes is a dark and dangerous for young women to be alone. Move these students to a safe environment before there’s a tragedy.

Christina O. Our children should be focused on education, not stressing about being mugged, raped, car window being smashed out etc.

Melissa T. I wouldn’t even apply to the MSW (Masters of Social Work) program knowing I would have to travel in and out of AC. Especially the area in which it’s in! Drugs, theft, violence. Why would Stockton pick an area they have no control in protecting their students?

Danielle M. As an alumni, I never understood why the MSW program was based in AC. With all the tuition students pay, they should never be subjected to unsafe environments or circumstances.

Anonymous. I’m a Stockton student, and I attend main campus. Looking forward to the opening of the Atlantic City campus, however I do not want to be in fear whilst there. I hope this is not a glimpse of the way security will be handled at the new campus. I also do not want these negative events to deter from the positives surrounding the opening of the new campus. Stockton needs to fix this existing problem AND be proactive so as to avoid negative implications of poor safety. A student’s safety is enough to make them decide to attend a different school, and I am sure the university does not want that.

Ruth G. I’m sick and tired of having to worry about my car while in class. Last year a student’s car was stolen, another student’s car was broken into and last night on our first day back another student’s car was also broken into.

Sign the petition. Keep students safe.

32 thoughts on “Fearing AC Crime, Stockton Carnegie Students Want Classes Moved to Galloway”

  1. Stockton wants to be liberal and politically correct and pretend the student’s do not have a security concern and will probably keep the same old same old.

  2. Ha. KEEP DREAMING IT’S SAFE. Teach DRUGGIES to shoot HEROIN correctly. Atlantic City thinks they have a real tourism zone.

  3. Talk about a bunch of snowflakes. That building and parking lot are as safe as any at Temple or NYU or Penn. I had classes ending at 10 pm myself there before the abandon buildings across the street were torn down. It was fine then and is better now. 2 car break ins in 10 years does not a “unsafe neighborhood” make. If these snowflakes want to become Social Workers, they should get used to being in environments other than their lily white suburbs.

    1. The truth. It is dangerous all around Atlantic city in the day. But the night is worse. FYI the social worker students are probably going to be drug & alcohol social workers to counsel u degenerate drug addicts & drunks.

      1. Gail, no it is not and please stop perpetuating a false hood based on you being uncomfortable in an urban environment. I walk the City streets daily (often after dark) and while I do occasionally see the problems of an urban environment (ie the impoverished & drug addicted) this does not mean I am unsafe. I nor any of the others that I know have ever been the victim of a crime or had to suffer more than the occasional ask for money. What does this mean? It means that if Atlantic City makes you and the students uncomfortable it is not because it is crime filled or dangerous, it is because you and these students don’t want be forced to be in an environment other than your bubble you have grown accustomed to.

        1. The truth u have no truth. The truth is its 2018, if they are impoverished . They are tooo lazy corrupt & stupid. ME myself after a dust up a my casino job(not my fault) I found myself no being able to get gainful employment again for 2 yrs(don’t know why) I used up all my savings ($6000) to survive to beg my way back to employment & save the money back + more. So I was impoverished also. I am not uncomfortable in this shithole. I just want to survive my errands while being around in the daylight only(I am not that crazy to be out at nite) to ‘ be forcibly around drug dealers plying their trade in the wide open, drug addicts shooting up RIGHT in front of me, gangbusters doing.loitering about(doing I guess selling drugs) molesters, prostitute, shoplifters . U haven’t been a victim yet. U must know all.the scum. We want a safe & fun life, not a commando raid to the supermarket & back. NUFF SAID.

      2. I’m not a big proponent of the term “snowflake” but the truth is that is Atlantic City is not entirely dangerous. I do believe however, that Stockton is bringing a positive step in the right direction for the city and should pressure the city to start cleaning up a little. If the Carnegie campus is in the “tourism district” it’s time for the city to step up patrolling those areas.

  4. Social Work Employer

    Wow! MSW students unable to take classes in Atlantic City. Guess it’s safe to assume, you are not willing to work with this population as well? And we wonder why there is always a clear divide of race and culture in our society. Glad I know this young ladies name, because I would never hire someone with limited cultural sensitivity. Good luck Stockton MSW students, you are the future!

    1. It’s just not MSW students that have classes there. Business and General Studies students have classes there as well. Its just not a safe place to be at night, regardless of your career focus.

    2. So what place do u own in this corrupt town?? We are all dying to know. Also why no name. My name is up!! Why most of u, no.nAme!! FYI THE STUDENTS ARE LEAVING THE AREA AFTER GRADUATING. ( I know some of them) so u.just have to hire the ghetto workers living in the area. GOOD LUCK. I DON’T KNOW WHAT SOCIAL WORK U ARE IN, BUT UNFORTUNATE FOR ME I HAD SEEN SOME OF THEIR HANDIWORK IN BAD TIMES. TO BE DISCUSSED LATER!!

    3. There is a clear divide in the cultures because of the extreme differences in the cultures.People who have been loved ,nurtured and kept safe there whole lives aren’t going to feel good going into an area full of predators.At the very least,I am sure this experience will be eye opening to those who have been told by a liberal media and education system “All cultures are equal”.

  5. My daughter attends Stockton in Galloway, and I’m happy she’s there and not in AC. I worked at Bally’s for 10 years, and oh, the sights I saw…these students have a legit concern.

  6. What I find interesting is that these students don’t feel safe in the very environments they would be working in after their graduation. Perhaps a reconsideration of career path is in order.

  7. It is disappointing that adult graduate students, people who will be masters level social workers have not considered the host community as an opportunity for engagement and preparing them for careers in working with vulnerable, oppressed, and marginalized groups. It is social work’s mission to embrace and support troubled communities, not abandon them and run away.

    1. Noooo name. Trash. Oppressed??? It’s 2018-‘. GET OFF YA LAZY ASSES GET A JOB OR CAREER AND GET FAKE UN OPPRESSED. WHAT A BUNCH OF LOSERS!!! OPPRESSED. INDEED.!!!

    2. Atlantic City residents are oppressed? Really? By who? The liberals who have been running the city for the past 50 years?Perhaps all cultures are not equal,my grandparents were white and poor,but they didn’t steal and sell drugs,or run around playing pimp and Ho while there children raised themselves.This is no less than social engineering by a liberal university and many of these students have received an education beyond what they paid for.Its easy to say how great other cultures are when you can insulate yourself from living in them.Most of these people attending these classes at doing so,so they can make a decent living and not have to live in a place like Atlantic City.It’s only common sense that they would not want to attend a school there.

  8. I am personally offended that it specifically labeled my work as a safety risk as well as the street I work on. I’ve never been a victim of a crime here and have not felt unsafe. Do MSW students understand that the population they are helping lives on Tennessee ave? Or on the corners they are so afraid of? Let me wave my fairy wand and let the snowflakes rain down on their scary lives. If there biggest fear is being in one of the most beautifully restored buildings I’ve ever been in then they can go find another field. Sounds like they need to.

    1. Ur offended? DO U LIVE IN THIS CORRUPT DANGEROUS SHIT HOLE TOWN??? I DOOOO? U CHOOSE TO IGNORE YOUR SHITHOLE SURROUNDINGS!!! THE YOUNG ADULTS ARE FORCED TO LEARN IN THIS SHITHOLE ENVIRONMENT. I AM SURE WHEN GRADUATED THEY WILL WORK IN A SAFE HOSPITAL OR CLINIC, WERE U DEGENERATE DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUNKS WILL HAVE TO GO WERE THEY ARE EMPLOYED. I WAS JUST AROUND THEIR AREA YESTERDAY THERE WERE DRUG DEALERS PLYING THEIR TRADE, DRUG ADDUCTS OF COURSE SHOOTING UP ALL OVER THE PLACE, MOLESTERS COMING OUT OF THE ADULT STORE. EVERYBODY ELSE LOOKING TO ROB OR WHAT EVER THE HELL ELSE TO YOU.LOOKS LIKE STOCKTON DOESN’T EVEN GIVE A FLYING CRAP ABOUT THE STUDENTS, OR THEY WOULDN’T EVEN HAVE CAMPUSES HERE. FYI THE NEW CAMPUS DOWN AT ALBANY AVE, THE AREA IS FILLED WITH MS-13 MEXICAN CARTEL GANG MEMBERS. WHICH IS VERIFIED BY CALL INS TO WOND 1400am VIRTUALLY EVERY DAY. MONDAY-FRIDAY. ALSO KNOW TO THE POLICE WHICH SOMETIME APPEAR ON THE VARIOUS SHOWS. FYI WHY AM I STILL HERE? I am 67, waay tooo old to ‘ve picking up my possessions & trying to move elsewhere, for the amount retirement & saving I have accumulated . Sooo I have to move around this dangerous corrupt SHIT hole. But the young people should have their College career in galloway ONLY.

  9. Then why are they building the gateway student housing project in Atlantic City? This project is giving Stockton a tax free address right on the beachfront. Why is it safe to build that and house hundreds of Stockton students there but they can’t attend class uptown? To go one step further why do people avoid coming to Atlantic City for a vacation? No one wants to patronize a Ghetto!
    That’s why the Marina district is thriving because visitors drive right in on the highway In to the parking garage to avoid the unpleasant Ghetto surroundings. Same argument for the spoiled students who don’t want to experience the unpleasant atmosphere that is Atlantic City.

  10. and NOBODY saw this coming,,,,guess someone is too busy golfing at the Seaview Country Club or looking to expand into other sections of Atlantic City that will be just as disastrous! To think that a student population located in Atlantic City, would be an answer to the whoas of Atlantic City is absurd.

  11. All of these negative comments are so ignorant. Making assumptions about students based on this article and petition contradicts the ideas and theories of social work that you all claim to know so much about. For all of you claiming that the Stockton students are babies and have been sheltered their whole lives is beyond false and invalid. I currently work in Trenton for a program that works with parents who lost custody of their children. I am in and out of dangerous areas and homes all the time. The difference is, I am choosing to go into these neighborhoods and getting paid to do so. Also, most places of employment enforce secure measures (i.e. take company vehicles, take a buddy, etc.). My job does not tell me that I should just be comfortable with it simply because I’m a social worker. Some agencies do not even allow their employees to enter dangerous neighborhoods and homes because the social worker’s safety is important. In a school environment, it is absolutely appalling to expect us to accept the fact that we are not provided with appropriate safety measures simply because we are studying to be social workers. In addition, not all social workers are choosing this field to work in high-crime, low-income areas. Some want to do private practice or work in school settings. But, we have to be exposed to this environment simply because “we are social workers” and should “be able” to effectively communicate with members of such community. One of the arguments we encountered was that several other social work programs (i.e. Temple, Penn, Rutgers) are in urban settings, however, these colleges all provide an actual campus to their students, which consists of several blocks of campus and necessary amenities that students are paying for to ensure safety. These students do not necessarily have to leave the campus. Stockton does not provide this to their students at the AC “campus”. The second we walk out of the building, we are off campus, and therefore, exposed to an unsafe environment. The area the building is placed in (between a strip club and a sex shop) alone presents safety issues. The fact that students share a parking lot with the strip club places students at risk immediately. Being integrated into the community would allow us to get to know the community members, which would lead to an increased sense of safety. Stockton has failed to provide or initiate these opportunities for the students. It’s sad that it’s taken several students to be victimized to initiate change in the program. Stockton has placed the students in various field placements all over the state of NJ as opposed to placing us in Atlantic City where we would actually benefit and impact the community. To create and sense of community and safety, Stockton should have initiated projects. Lastly, I understand the message of the petition may send a sense of privilege, however, as Stockton students (not social workers) we should have the privilege to feel safe and secure in a school setting (not field setting) simply because we pay the school a lot of money to have this privilege as students. Safety is a privilege, however, as students, it should be expected.

    1. Stockton has students placed in Atlantic City for their field placements. Just because you get paid to work with the impoverished by no means excuses your lack of understanding regarding Atlantic City. Maybe if you took the time to speak to some of the people you so easily condem you might just understand some of the culture surrounding the neighborhood.

      1. I’m sorry I guess I should have written..”placing ALL students in AC for their field placements.” Sorry for not being specific enough. And working in Trenton shows that I do have some understanding for similar populations and communities. I have spoken to several members of the AC community and provided them with meals throughout my time as a student. It’s not that I fear them or the community, I do just do not think I need to be exposed to an unsafe environment as a student, since I am not in the field. Stockton has failed to integrate us into the community each semester. I do not have time to volunteer in the community as several people suggested since I work, must fulfill the 250 hour field requirement outside of AC, go to school, and complete assignments . If my placement was in AC, then maybe I would have a stronger connection and impact on the community, and therefore, have a better sense of community.

  12. From undergraduate student. I am appreciative that Alexa has created this petition because I am firmly against Stockton’s expansion into Atlantic City. I cannot abide by the idea of having a sizable amount of the student body living in such an unsafe location. In the interim, and hopefully permanently, graduate students should not be subjected to the dangers of Atlantic City. There are dozens of empty classrooms on the main campus at all times of the day; there is absolutely no reason for them to be forced to go to Atlantic City.

      1. Anonymous. Great FAKE name. I guess the parents of the young women are overjoyed u called THEIR daughter’s whites. I tell u whAt FAKE name. Come over to the shithole I live in the FAKE INLET. LET ME PIMP UR _DUMB ADS OUT. IF U CAN MAKE IT. WHOOOOOOO EVER THE HELL U ARE. NUFF SAID!!!

  13. John G. New Jersey:
    As a liberal education institution,Stockton does not want to recognize that there is a difference in how cultures live.Atlantic City is predominantly black and Hispanic.To say the city is not safe would be racist,after all,there communities are no different than white communities.I would like to know how many administration members live in Atlantic City.They claim to be progressive and love all races and cultures,but I assure you they do there best to isolate themselves from such neighborhoods.But will send your kids there to make a philosophical point.I am also surprised to hear how many liberal students fall just short of calling Atlantic City a s—hole.Maybe all cultures aren’t the same snowflakes.

    1. Many of the Hispanic’s are Illegals that speak Spanish and don’t want to assimilate. They are MS 13 and other gang members. AC does not need more poor people sucking the taxes payers dry. Why are they building more Government housing in AC to bring in people that commit crimes to make money. What do they allow EX cons to rent in guest houses in beach blocks?

  14. They are here because we need their youth and energy and ability to encourage change. I live in Atlantic City and have never been a victim of crime but I don’t usually go into areas where crime is prevalent. If the school is in a area you don’t feel safe then make it change. Help us change it. Protest as you are. Make it known as you are doing and MAKE them change it. Some enterprising people are trying on Tennessee Ave. Help them. Join them to make this area young and vibrant and most of all safe and FUN! Help change Atlantic City. Don’t leave. We need you.

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