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Tufts University is committed to creating one of the most dynamic environments for learning and research in the world. An integral component of this mission is ensuring the safety and welfare of students, faculty and staff. As crises on campuses across the nation have taught us, emergency preparedness is critical to saving lives and to maintaining a safe environment. While reported crime at Tufts remains comparatively low, it is important to remember that the safety and security of our campuses are the responsibility of the entire community.

Take a moment to visit these links to learn more about the various safety programs in place at Tufts University.


While much of the recent focus on campus emergency preparedness has been on active shooter situations, the more likely dangers are the ones that have always been there. The university continues to prepare for fires, severe weather, natural disasters, utility disruptions, and has ongoing efforts to plan for the continuing possibility of pandemic influenza. We also continue to promote individual preparedness, encouraging all members of the community to take the following preparedness steps:

  1. Take responsibility for your personal safety and always practice Personal Safety recommendations.
  2. Program the phone numbers for the University Police into your cellphone. Use the emergency number to summon help, or report suspicious persons.
  3. Be informed in the event disaster strikes: enroll (or ensure your student is enrolled) in the Tufts Emergency Alert System.
  4. Make a Family Emergency Plan to know how you’ll get in touch with loved ones in the event of a major disaster.

Public Safety Services

You can learn about the full spectrum of safety programs at Tufts in our annual publication, Public Safety, published in October of each year.

Personal Safety and Security

Tufts’ campuses in Massachusetts are patrolled by the more than 40 sworn officers of the Tufts University Police Department, which is one of only eight* accredited campus law enforcement agencies in the state. Learn more at

Fire Safety

Tufts has shown leadership in fire safety, in 2003 being among the first in Massachusetts to equip every university residence building with sprinkler systems and updated fire alarm systems. Fire evacuation drills are conducted twice a year. Learn more at

Emergency Medical Care

Augmenting the services of Tufts University Health Service and Counseling & Mental Health Service, the volunteer EMTs of state-licensed Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) are prepared to respond to medical emergencies 24/7 while school is in session (on the Medford/Somerville campus).

Safety Awareness Education

Operation Awareness

All incoming students attend an orientation session titled “Operation Awareness”, during which the University Police present important information about keeping one’s self and belongings safe from crime, fires and other emergencies. Similar information is also presented to all new employees.

Emergency Response Guide

A guide detailing steps to take in an emergency is available online at Print copies are also available. Members of the Tufts community are encouraged to review the material ahead of time, and keep the guide book or web site address handy for reference in an emergency.

* As of May 2013