All members of the Simmons College community should take an active role in their own safety and security, both on and off campus. On campus, the College's Department of Public Safety coordinates security and safety measures for the Simmons community. The Department of Public Safety employs Simmons College Police Officers (armed), Public Safety Officers (unarmed), and contract security officers (unarmed). All police officers are appointed as Special State Police Officers by the Superintendant of the Massachusetts State Police and have full authority to make arrests and enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on and around Simmons College Property. Public Safety Officers and Contract guards are not authorized to make arrests but perform a variety of security functions, to include patrolling the campus and reporting suspicious activity to the college police. Public Safety staff is on duty 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days of the year. The staff is here to ensure the safety and security of the members of the community. The staff patrol buildings and grounds, respond to emergencies, and provide general services and assistance to the Simmons community.
Anyone may reach the Department of Public Safety in an emergency by dialing extension 1111 from any campus phone, including the exterior phones at the entrances of many of the buildings on campus, or by dialing 617-521-1111 from any non-campus phone. As in any emergency, you may also dial 9-1-1. STUDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to have the Public Safety Emergency number (617-521-1111) programmed into their phone. For non-emergency service, Public Safety can be reached at 617-521-1112, or x1112 from any campus phone. Additionally, there are emergency phones in other areas, many marked by a blue light. The phones can be used at any time to contact a dispatcher.
The dispatch control center is located on the first floor of the Palace Road building on the Main Academic Campus. All calls to Public Safety are answered in the control center. Officers are dispatched in response to incoming calls by digital radio. Public Safety also has radio communications with the Boston Police and the majority of our surrounding College Public Safety Departments. Students should report any criminal or suspicious activity promptly and accurately to Public Safety. In addition to calling, any member of the community or the public can make a report in person at the administrative offices in Suite P106, 1 Palace Rd. Administrative office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, however the office is staffed 24 hours and a report may be made in person at any time.
Security of the Residence Campus and Emergencies
To help ensure a secure environment for all Simmons students, Simmons College Police and security officers patrol the residence campus at all hours of the day and are available to render assistance in any situation. In addition to patrolling the residence campus, Public Safety officers are stationed in the security office at the entrance to Simmons Hall 24 hours per day.
Simmons College has a card access security system in the residence halls. This system allows access to the residence halls for students by reading each student's identification number. Resident students have access to all halls until 11:00 p.m. Residents can only access their own dorm between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The gates encircling the Residence Campus are secured each night at 11:00 p.m. Students and their guests who wish to enter or leave the campus after 11:00 p.m. must do so through Simmons Hall. Gates may be closed at other times as needed for security concerns. Notification will take place if this occurs and as time allows. Gates are unlocked at 6:00 a.m. Jumping the fence surrounding the campus is strictly prohibited. Students are prohibited from accessing window ledges or roof tops.
Students are prohibited from allowing residence hall access to anyone who is not their guest. Even parents or individuals whom a student recognizes must wait outside for their host to escort them. Propping open doors to residence halls is against college policy. Students should lock their room doors at all times and should never allow access to their room to another student. Students or guests are prohibited from sleeping overnight in lounges. College officials reserve the right to enter a student's room for health or safety reasons and for the welfare of residents as deemed necessary.
There is a resident advisor on duty for each hall every night from 7:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. The name and phone number of the resident advisor on duty is posted in each residence hall. There is also a resident director on duty for the campus whenever the Office of Residence Life is closed. The resident director on duty may be reached by contacting public safety. Public safety and/or residence life staff should be contacted immediately in the case of a medical or mental health emergency and for any other safety concern.
The Department of Public Safety encourages students to report all crimes or suspicious activity. Public Safety personnel can assist students in attending court and filing a criminal complaint. College Police can also assist students with obtaining a restraining/protective order. If so desired, College Police will assist any victim in seeking local police assistance if he/she chooses not to file a complaint with Simmons College Public Safety.
Most Simmons Police Officers are trained as Sexual Assault Investigators and can provide victims of sexual assault or harassment with a safety plan, a list of options and legal remedies and college resources. Resources include medical attention, counseling services, and off campus resources, if desired.
Emergencies 617-521-1111 or 9-1-1
Sean T. Collins, Director
Palace Road Building, Suite P-106