Committed to Your Security
Student safety is a top priority. We provide a comprehensive public safety program to make sure you feel comfortable and secure at Harvard.
Our safety program includes:
- Full campus police force, the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD)
- Walking escort service
- Campus-wide shuttle service
- Late-night door-to-door service
- Emergency phones
- Lighted pathways
- Computer-card key system operating in all freshman and most other dormitories
The HUPD is always available to address your safety concerns.
Annual security report
The University is required by federal law (The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092(f), known as the “Clery Act”) to publish an Annual Security Report and an Annual Fire Safety Report.
The Harvard University Police Department publishes the Annual Security Report, entitled “Playing it Safe,” which includes information about the HUPD, how to report a crime, HUPD’s crime prevention programs, substance abuse, sensitive crimes, emergency notifications, and other important information about security and HUPD services on campus. It also contains three years of statistics on reported campus or campus-related crimes. A hard copy of “Playing it Safe” may be obtained by contacting the Harvard University Police Department at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, 6th floor, Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 495-9225.
The Harvard University Environmental Health and Safety Department publishes the Annual Fire Safety Report, which includes fire safety polices, evacuation procedures, and fire statistics. A hard copy of the Annual Fire Safety Report may be obtained by contacting Environmental Health and Safety Department at 46 Blackstone Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, (617) 496-7168.
You may also request a copy from the Harvard University Police Department at:
1033 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Safety Committee
The Harvard Safety Committee was formed to provide an opportunity for students and staff to discuss safety concerns.
The committee includes undergraduate students, residential life staff, deans, and administrators, as well as Harvard community representatives, including University Police, the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Women’s Center, Residential and Building Operations, Transportation Services, Community and Public Affairs, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate Student Council.
In addition to working toward continual safety improvements, the committee conducts educational safety campaigns throughout the year and makes recommendations for policy and infrastructure modifications.
Email the committee directly, or contact your student representatives or residential staff with safety concerns at any time.