All members of the Berklee community share responsibility for our collective safety and security. Your active participation and cooperation with the Public Safety Department will help make Berklee a more secure environment. With this in mind, always report any thefts, accidents, threats, and suspicious persons or vehicles to the department. Your willingness to do your part by being proactive and cooperating with all investigations will ensure the safest possible environment.
Stay alert at all times. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are. Don't wear headphones in both ears—you may not be able to hear approaching vehicles or an approaching attacker.
Avoid wearing overly visible jewelry, carry identification, carry a cell phone, and know the location of telephones along your route of travel.
Travel in familiar areas, avoiding unpopulated locations.
When walking or running, especially at night, try to go with one or more friends.
At night, travel in lighted and well-traveled areas.
Trust your intuition about an area or a person. Avoid them if you are unsure. Use discretion in acknowledging verbal harassment by strangers. Project calmness and strength, keep your distance, and keep moving.
Be vigilant on campus. Call the Public Safety Department or (if off-campus) the local police department immediately if something happens to you or someone else, or if you notice anyone or anything out of the ordinary.
In Campus Houses and Buildings
Berklee student residences are to be kept locked, with both door and room keys issued to each student annually.
Academic and administrative buildings are open during business and/or class hours and are locked each night on a regular schedule.
Take responsibility for keeping your campus house safe. Keep exterior doors of campus houses and buildings locked.
Do not allow anyone into a dorm or residence that you are unsure is authorized.
Carry your house and room keys and your Berklee ID with you at all times. Do not loan your keys to anyone and promptly report the loss of any of these items.
Keep the doors to student rooms locked at all times to protect yourself and your belongings.
Question anyone seeking admission to your house. Students should properly sign in their guests. Do not allow visitors into your house unescorted.
Tell your friends about your plans and destinations when leaving your house, especially when you go off campus. Call your friends if your return will be delayed.
Learn effective techniques of self-protection. Attend any educational workshops offered. When you go off campus, carry the phone numbers of local taxi services and friends or housemates with cars.