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Campus Safety and Security

Student Identification Badge

Students attending class onsite must obtain a photo identification badge that must be worn at all times when on MGH and Institute premises.

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 12 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. The ID badge is required for admittance to the Catherine Filene Shouse Building.

Awareness Lets Everyone Reduce Theft (ALERT)

The MGH Institute community participates in the ALERT Program of the Massachusetts General Hospital Police & Security Department. ALERT identifies vulnerable items or areas that are susceptible to theft.

Security personnel place stickers 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 & Security until retrieved by the owner.

Campus Safety

The Institute uses the resources and services of the MGH Police, Security and Outside Services to promote a safe learning and work environment for students and employees.

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. MGH Police, Security and Outside Services employs a well-trained security force to safeguard employees, patients, students, visitors, and property.

For medical and security emergencies, call MGH Police and Security at (617) 726-5400. All non-security related issues should contact onsite security at (617) 726-0528. Report all safety or security incidents to MGH Office of Police and Security for investigation.

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.

Read the Institute's Annual Security Report for 2014–2015 a Guide to MGH Policies and Programs Concerning:

  • Campus Safety
  • Sensitive Crimes
  • Drug-Free Campus & Workplace programs

Annual Security Report for 2014–2015.

Crime prevention safety tips from MGH Police, Security.

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.

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 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.:

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 Affairs, Operations Manager, Human Resources or the Security Officer on duty in the lobby of the Catherine Filene Shouse Building.

Escort Service

Escort service is available to Building 199 (parking garage) or 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.

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.

Personal Emergency Notification

Persons needing to contact students in an emergency should call the Office of Student Affairs at (617) 726-3140 during regular business hours. After hours, call the MGH Security Officer on duty (while the Catherine Filene Shouse Building is open) at (617) 726-0528.

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Global Safety & Security Resources

Students have access to these resources provided by the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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