Safety-Related Awareness Programs & Other Services

University Orientation

During the summer and fall, members of the Police Department and Judicial Affairs (in the Dean of Students office) deliver safety and security presentations to parents and incoming undergraduate students. These sessions provide information on crime prevention, our various security programs, and what resources are available to all members of the University community.

Expectations for student behavior under the Code of Student Responsibilities are clearly defined, with examples provided.

New Employee Orientation

The Boston University Police Department and Human Resources provide crime prevention and safety materials to new employees at the University’s orientation program.

Town Hall Meetings

Held throughout the academic year, town hall meetings give students an opportunity to meet with the Chief of Police & Executive Director of Public Safety and the Dean of Students to discuss safety and security on campus. Town hall meetings are announced on the Police Department website.

Safety Week

BUPD sponsors Safety Week each fall semester. Held at the George Sherman Union, Safety Week includes RAD demonstrations, computer and bicycle registration, and provides information and resources about a number of other safety issues, including alcohol.

Awareness Programs and Classes

The Boston University Police Department offers the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program specifically for women who wish to physically protect themselves against rape and other forms of violence. The 16-hour or the 20-hour course is taught by certified BUPD RAD instructors. The goal of the BUPD RAD program is to provide an easily accessible program of education and awareness for the women of Boston University. The program trains women in basic self-defense and offers them viable options when confronted with various threats of violence.

Members of the Boston University community can schedule a ride-along with a Boston University police officer. For more information, contact Captain Robert Molloy.

The Public Safety Department on the Medical Campus provides classes titled “Street Survival—Personal Safety Awareness and Response” and de-escalation techniques for front-line staff. Information about those programs is available on the Public Safety website and classes are open to all members of the BU community.

Group Meetings

Members of the Boston University Police Department meet regularly with student groups, including fraternities and sororities, to discuss safety issues. Contact BUPD at 617-353-2110 to ask a member of BUPD to attend one of your group meetings.

Informational and Educational Materials

The Boston University Police Department provides helpful tips about safety and crime prevention, including tips for safety in the dorms and suggestions for steps to take if you are the victim of a crime.  The Boston University Police Department also issues Safety Bulletins (RSS newsfeed available).

The Medical Campus Public Safety Department prepares and disseminates a variety of informational brochures providing general guidance for safety and crime prevention, including bicycle theft, “street sense,” and identity theft.

Office Watch Program

Office Watch is a crime prevention program similar in philosophy to that of a neighborhood watch program. The goal of Office Watch is to reduce the opportunities to commit crime by enlisting a cooperative effort between the Boston University community and the Boston University Police Department. This mission is accomplished by establishing a formal network of communication between University departments, their personnel, and the University Police. For more information on the Office Watch program or about becoming a part of the Office Watch program, contact Sergeant Jeff Burke at 617-353-2110 or between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m., or Detective John J. Ryan, Monday–Friday at 617-353-3436 or between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Emergency Blue-Light Telephones

Emergency telephones have been installed in many Charles River Campus and Medical Campus areas. In the event of an emergency, simply press the red button to connect directly to the Boston University Police dispatcher. For a map of available blue-light telephones on the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus, visit the BU Maps website and click “Emergency Call Boxes.”

Escort Security Service

Charles River Campus: 617-353-4877
The Escort Security Service provides walking escorts to students and employees seven nights a week, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. (3 a.m. on weekends). Security escorts are equipped with radios and can communicate directly with BUPD officers. Service is extended during study periods and final examinations.

Medical Campus: 617-414-4444
The Public Safety Department will provide vehicular or pedestrian escorts to the garages, lots, and surrounding Medical Center buildings during night and weekend hours upon request. Escorts are subject to availability by calling the Command & Control Center at 617-414-4444.

Domestic and Dating Violence Prevention

The Boston University Police Department provides a full range of services addressing domestic and dating violence issues, including obtaining restraining orders, safety planning, and criminal prosecution.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

The University maintains a dedicated website addressing bike safety on campus and outlining laws and regulations for bikers, drivers, and pedestrians on campus and in the city. Parking & Transportation Services, Sustainability, and the BUPD work together to run campus events promoting bike safety throughout the year. The Bike Safety site also administers an online bicycle registration program to support, promote, and increase awareness about this important transportation option. Registration is open to all members of the Boston University community. We also strongly suggest you secure your bicycle with the best lock you can afford.

Laptop Registration Program

Offered by the BUPD through STOP (Security Tracking of Office Property), this program enters laptops in a national database and tags computers with an aluminum plate that aids not only in deterring theft but in the return of recovered property. An indelible tattoo is also etched into the cover of the laptop that remains even if the plate is removed. Lifetime registration costs $10 per computer. Details are available at the Boston University Police Department website or at 32 Harry Agganis Way.

Building Security Assessment

To ensure that the physical environment is as safe as possible, specially trained police officers will conduct thorough security assessments of University facilities. Specific recommendations are made based on exhaustive criteria to increase the overall physical security of Boston University facilities.

To request a building security assessment, contact the BUPD at 617-353-5362 or