Public Safety

Public Safety Division Administrative Offices
100 Columbus Place

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

Personal Safety

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 NUPD 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.

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.

RAD Self-Defense Courses


The R.A.D. System of defense will provide women of all ages with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance, on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim.

Lost and Found


If you have lost an item on Northeastern’s Boston campus, call 617.373.3913. You will be instructed to leave a detailed message describing the item lost and the best way to contact you if the item is found.

If your item has been turned in, we will contact you by telephone or mail. If your item has not been turned into our department, we will continue to keep this information on file.

If you suspect the item has been stolen, call the Northeastern University Police at 617.373.2121 to report the theft.

If you have found an item on campus, return it to our headquarters located at 100 Columbus Place.

Emergency Information

617.373.2000 (snow emergencies)

Northeastern University is committed to providing members of its community with a safe and secure place in which to live, work, and study.

The university is prepared to respond to emergencies and urgent situations that require immediate action. A trained team of police officers, EMTs, health and counseling experts, student affairs and residential life staff, and other professionals form a coordinated group that is able to manage a wide range of potential situations.

NU ALERT, emergency broadcast communication messages, are sent to the email addresses and telephone numbers students, faculty, and staff have provided the university.