Public Safety

Public Safety Division Administrative Offices
100 Columbus Place

Police Operations Center
100 Columbus Place
617.373.3333 (EMERGENCY—police, fire, or medical)
617.373.2121 (nonemergency regular business)
617.373.3934 (TTY emergency or nonemergency)

Personal Safety Escort Service

The Public Safety Division’s mission is to provide a comprehensive program of police, security, fire safety, and emergency medical services to help ensure the campus remains a safe and pleasant place to live, work, and learn.

The University Police Department is the largest and most visible unit of the division and consists of professionally trained officers charged with the protection of life and property and the prevention and detection of crime on campus. University police officers have the same authority as municipal police officers and enforce both the Massachusetts laws and university regulations. Regulations mandate that students show their university ID cards whenever requested to do so by any university police officer. For more information, visit the public safety website

The Public Safety Division takes pride in its comprehensive plan to minimize crime and protect the safety of the Northeastern community. But the division needs students’ help and urges students to take responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment. For tips on safety around campus and in the neighborhood, pick up a brochure or visit the website.

Fire egress drills are held each semester in all residence halls to familiarize residents and staff with the alarm system and the evacuation routes. Special fire safety and evacuation training is provided for students, faculty, researchers, and staff in high-risk laboratories. All building occupants are required to participate when an egress drill is held. For tips on fire safety, pick up a brochure or visit the website.

The Personal Safety Escort Service provides a door-to-door escort from one on-campus location to another whenever personal safety is a concern. After receiving your call, the university police dispatcher will assign an officer or cooperative education cadet within 10 to 15 minutes (if necessary, the dispatcher will advise you of any expected delays).

A special, nighttime off-campus escort service runs from dusk to dawn to transport students who reside within approximately one mile of the campus from the campus to their residence after dark. The only destination this service will take you to is your residence. A van stops at Snell Library and the Ruggles Public Safety Substation on the hour from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to pick up students.

If you are sexually assaulted, either by a stranger or an acquaintance, get to a safe place, then telephone the university police and a friend or family member. A university police officer who is a state-certified sexual assault investigator will meet with you and address your physical and emotional needs, as well as inform you of your rights and options regarding filing charges against the perpetrator. The police will provide you with important information about on-campus as well as off-campus counseling services as well as other options regarding changing your residence or class schedule.

If the sexual assault took place off campus, the University Police Department can still provide emergency medical treatment, transportation to a medical facility, and counseling referrals. However, the criminal investigation of such cases is the responsibility of the police department that has jurisdiction in the locale where the assault took place, and university police will assist you with making contact with the appropriate agency.