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Student Life

Public Safety — Our Campus Police

About Our Department

Public safety officer during graduationThe police officers and staff of the Department of Public Safety - Campus Police are dedicated to ensuring the safety of everyone on campus, at all times. We do this through a series of educational and training programs, emergency booklets and phones throughout campus, escort services, 24-hour patrols, and emergency alerts and other notifications as needed. We also provide student ID cards and parking decals, and are here to help if your car needs a jump start or you lock yourself out of your room or vehicle.

Our officers are sworn, warranted, armed police officers and certified First Responders, many of whom have specialized training in addition to their Police Academy and Field Officer training. All officers receive in-service training annually.

Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

Public safety officers standing in front of MCLA gatesPlease help us make the campus as safe as possible. Always be aware of your surroundings. Should you sense a potential threat or witness suspicious behavior, call extension 5100 or 911 immediately. Here are some additional ways to keep you and others safe:

Emergency number: Campus phones ext. 5100 or 911; other phones 413.662.5100 or 911

Non-emergencies: Campus phones ext. 5283 or 5284; other phones 413.662.5283 or 5284

Escort service: Campus phones ext. 5284; other phones 413.662.5284

Emergency Notifications & Warnings: Sign up now to stay informed.

  • Remain alert to activities around you.
  • Contact the Campus Police Department and your RA if you see anyone suspicious trying to get into your hall without a key or anyone who does not belong on your floor.
  • Soliciting is not permitted in the residence halls. Report violations to the Campus Police Department (ext. 5282 or 5284).
  • Do not leave your keys lying around in public places, or loan them to anyone, including a classmate or friend.
  • Immediately report the loss or theft of room keys to your RA, Residence Director, or Campus Police.
  • Never walk alone on or off campus after dark. Call extension 5284 to request an escort.
  • Park in well lighted areas as close to your destination as possible.
  • Choose a well-lighted pathway for all travel. Plan your route in advance.
  • Stay in populated areas and avoid short cuts through deserted places, alleys, or nearby bushes.
  • If you have a cell phone, carry it when traveling in and around campus. Have emergency numbers programmed to save time during an emergency.
  • Read the full Safety brochure.

Emergency Quick Guide

Reporting Emergencies

Building Evacuation

Emergency & Courtesy Phones


Medical Emergency


Serious Crime or Violence

Bomb Threat

Natural Disaster

Active Shooter

Parking Info & Other Services

Public Safety Services brochure - Contains a parking map, info on obtaining parking decals and Student IDs, and a description of our services.

Parking regulations

Ticket Appeal form

Fall 2016 Shuttle schedule


Daniel J Colonno, Director of Public Safety
277 Ashland Street, MA 01247
Phone: 413.662.5281
FAX: 413.662.5512

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