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Campus Safety and Security

Annual Security Report

Read the Institute's 2015-2016 Annual Security Report, a guide to MGH institute of Health Professions and MGH policies and programs concerning:

  • Campus safety
  • Sensitive crimes
  • Drug-free campus and workplace programs

The report and crime statistics are provided to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f) (Cleary Act). The MGH Institute prepares this report in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Police, Security and Outside Services, and Partners HealthCare System Office of General Counsel.

It covers information on the Charlestown Navy Yard campus. The Institute is located within the Charlestown Navy Yard campus. Specific information unique to the Institute is also provided within this report.

Applicants, students, faculty, and staff are provided access to this Annual Report via the attached PDF. Hard copies of this report are available upon request, and are also located in the Office of Student Affairs (Bldg 39), Office of Human Resources (Bldg 34) Office of Facilities (Bldg 36) and the security desks at the Catherine Filene Shouse Building (Bldg 36) and 2CC.

Prior Year Reports

Daily Crime Log

In keeping with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, MGH Police and Security maintains a daily crime log that records criminal incidents by the date reported. The log includes the nature of the crime, date and time the crime occurred, general location of the crime and the disposition of the complaint, if known. The log can be viewed at the following location during normal business hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.:

Charlestown Navy Yard
Building 149, 13th Street
Lobby Security Desk 
Boston, MA

Massachusetts General Hospital
MGH Police, Security and Outside Services
WAC 2 – Room 232
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA

We are committed to providing a safe learning and work environment and information on available resources for students and employees should the need arise.

If you have any questions or comments about the information provided please contact any of the following: Office of Student and Alumni Services, Campus Operations, Human Resources or the Security Officer on duty in the lobby of the Catherine Filene Shouse Building.

Learn more about the Clery Act.

Emergency Preparedness Plan

The Emergency Preparedness Planning Team has developed a comprehensive Emergency Plan that will enable the Institute community to react effectively and quickly in the event of an emergency. For more information please visit the Emergency Preparedness page on our website.

Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act

The Student-Right-to-Know and section 485 of the Higher Education Act 1965, as amended, requires each institution receiving student aid assistance to prepare and distribute an annual report which sets forth its policies on crime prevention issues and gives statistics on a number of specific crimes.

In addition to publishing crime statistics, the act requires the Institute to provide timely warnings to the campus community of certain crimes reported to the MGH Police or local law enforcement which may be considered a threat to other students and employees.

Campus Safety

The Institute is located in a large metropolitan area. It is important to protect personal possessions and be aware of safety issues in an urban setting. The MGH Police, Security and Outside Services employ a well-trained security force to safeguard employees, patients, students, visitors, and property. Visit the MGH website for more information.

For medical and security emergencies, call MGH Police and Security at 617-726-5400. All non-security related issues should contact on-site security at 617-726-0528.

Report all safety or security incidents to MGH Office of Police and Security for investigation.   Medical Alert Protocols are posted in all classroom/lab areas.

Through this partnership, the Institute develops and disseminates information and reports on safety, sensitive crimes and drug free campus and workplace resources. Through this process, the Institute complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.  Every Fall semester the latest report will be available to the IHP Community via an email announcement.

Identification Badges

Students and employees who will be on campus need to obtain a photo identification badge that must be worn at all times when on MGH and Institute premises.

ID badges are the property of MGH Police and Security. It is against regulations to share or give away an ID badge for any reason. MGH IHP ID badges are for use by an employee or student only. Non-compliance will result in a direct consequence/penalty.

Badges are issued at the Office of Police and Security on the first floor of Building 149 in the Charlestown Navy Yard. The hours of operation are Noon–2:00 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

The identification badge also serves as your building access key and as a disaster pass in case of public emergency.

Loss of ID Badge: Contact MGH Police & Security at (617) 726-5400 and they will deactivate it after 24 hours. There is a cost for replacement ID badges.

Bicycle Safety and Registration

MGH Police and Security Department (Security) conducts patrols multiple times per day across our campus, the Navy Yard, and all our bike areas. Security checks bikes to make sure they are secured properly. If a bike is not locked, Security will place a bike lock to secure it until the owner returns to the area and contacts them. All bike areas are monitored via video cameras. 

In order to maximize the security of bikes, bike lights, seats, and pumps, please follow Security’s suggestions:

  • If you see anyone hanging around the bike racks please contact Security in the Shouse lobby or at (617) 726-5400.
  • Use Kryptonite locks to secure bicycles on bike racks.
  • Do not leave your bike overnight (or longer).
  • For stolen or vandalized bicycles, please contact MGH Police & Security to file an incident report. This information is shared with the Boston Police Department in case property is recovered.

A new bike cage is now available in the Building 199 Parking Garage. There is a $10 Registration Fee to have your ID programmed for access. This is recommended if you need to leave your bike overnight. Showers and lockers are also available on the fourth and sixth floors of Building 149. Please bring your own lock for the shower lockers. Contact Diane Nolan with any questions. As of September 2015, a smaller bike cage will be available at the Shouse Building. Access/use requires an MGH IHP ID badge to be scanned at the entrance.

Bicycle Racks and Repair Stations

Bicycle racks are located by the East and West entrances of the Shouse Building,  Building 39 vestibule, and at the 2 Constitution Center complex. There is a bike cage on the east side of the Shouse Bldg.  All IHP students ID’s will automatically be programmed for access.  Riders must provide their own locks. Neither the Institute nor building management is responsible for bicycle security.  Students who bike are encouraged to register for the MGH Bike Program.  Your bicycle will be registered with your information, an MGH decal for the bike, free use of the large bike cage inside the Bldg 199 parking garage and free use of showers.  Should a bike be stolen anywhere in the city this information will be available for you and Boston City Police.  For more information on this program and registration forms please email ihpoperations@mghihp.edu  Be alert to announcements for Bike Events at the IHP.

There are a number of Hubway bike stations proximate to the campus. Bikes can be taken out of one station and brought to another. View a map of other Hubway bike stations in the greater Boston area.

Bike repair station is located in the Shouse building on the East end and also in the Building 199 garage.

A.L.E.R.T (Awareness Lets Everyone Reduce Theft)

The MGH Institute of Health Professions Community and tenants of the Shouse Building participate in the A.L.E.R.T. Program - "Partners in Prevention", a program through the MGH Police and Security Department. The A.L.E.R.T. Program identifies vulnerable items or areas that are susceptible to theft. Stickers are placed on all items or doors found unattended or unsecured as a reminder to lock up and secure items of value. Unattended items of value will be removed for safety and held by MGH Police and Security, in the lobby, until retrieved by the owner. Please read the sticker for specific information.  Students are encourage to not leave valuables unattended in any area.

MGH Police and Security Escort Service

Escort service is available to Building 199 (parking garage), 2CC and Building 149 for students leaving the Institute at night. The MGH Police, Security and Outside Services of the Charlestown Navy Yard will respond to a request for an escort called into the lobby desk 617-726-0528. However, there may be a time delay due to the ability of the Police and Security Officer to respond immediately. Please call in advance. Escort services are not provided to North Station, MGH Main Campus or outside the Charlestown Navy Yard except where stated above.  Please visit the security desk in the Shouse Bldg for a wide choice of informational pamphlets on Parking Lot Safety, Internet Safety, Domestic Violence, Travel Safety and more.  To see a complete listing please click on this link:   http://www.massgeneral.org/police/crime_prevention/default.aspx

Fire Drill Procedures

When the fire alarm sounds, all occupants must leave the building. Use stairwells where applicable. There will be a fire marshal posted by each stairwell to give instructions. A signal will sound when it is safe to return to the building.

I.C.A.R.E. - Institute Crisis Awareness and Response to Emergencies

The I.C.A.R.E campaign encompasses planning and training to facilitate calm, quick and thorough responses should an emergency arise and promotes personal responsibility in emergency and crisis situations. The Emergency Preparedness Planning Team has developed a comprehensive Emergency Plan that will enable the Institute community to react effectively and quickly in the event of an emergency.  Carolyn: Ask Diane if still viable

Personal Emergency Notification

Persons needing to contact students in an emergency should call the MGH Security Officer at (617) 726-0528.

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