Brandeis University, its buildings, grounds and parking areas are properly posted as private property and available for use by all community members and their guests. Unauthorized persons found on campus will be deemed trespassers and subject to criminal prosecution.
To ensure a safe environment, all administrative buildings are secured at the earliest possible hour, given their projected use each day. The exterior doors to all the residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. During extended breaks the exterior cores of the residence halls are changed to limit access to the buildings.
Residents must use their exterior door keys or campus card to gain entrance to the residence halls. Each year the exterior door locks are changed to ensure the safety and security of the residents.
Solicitation on campus grounds is strictly prohibited unless authorized by the Department of Student Life.
Many students and employees over the course of the year either lock their keys in their rooms or offices or misplace or lose them. Students can, with proper identification, obtain a loaner set of keys from the Department of Community Living Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
University police will unlock a student's room between 5 p.m - 8:30 pm and 11:30 p.m - 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, weekends and holidays. Due to regularly scheduled business or emergencies, the police response to these lockout calls may sometimes be delayed. The community advisor (CA) for each residential area will be available for lockouts while on duty from 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. during the academics year.
Employees may contact university police in such situations 24 hours a day at (781) 736-5000.
The Brandeis campus is equipped with a series of blue-light emergency call boxes. These call boxes have both an emergency call button and a general call button. They operate as follows:
- Emergency Call Button (red): The red button automatically contacts the Police Dispatch Center, activating two-way communications at that location. Once the dispatcher acknowledges the call, the caller can provide the police with any relevant information related to the emergency. Police officers will be dispatched to the proper location.
- General Call Button: This button connects the caller to the Police Dispatch Center, activating two-way communications at that location. Once the dispatcher acknowledges the call, the caller can provide the police with any relevant information related to their situation (e.g., reporting a suspicious person, asking for directions, reporting a disabled vehicle).
Public Safety Information Network
The campus community can keep abreast of any criminal or other noteworthy incidents occurring on campus by reviewing any of the following information sources:
- Campus Media: The Department of Public Safety provides information to the university media groups regarding notable incidents occurring on the Brandeis campus. This information is provided to the Office of Communications, which operates the BrandeisNOW website; the Brandeis student newspaper, the Justice and the Hoot; and the student-operated radio station, WBRS. Please note that these organizations may not report all of the incidents occurring during a specific time period due to space constraints.
- In Person: The Department of Public Safety maintains a copy of the official police log at the University Police Operations Center in the Stoneman building. These documents may be reviewed by members of the public upon request and contain all relevant police log entries as outlined by state and federal laws.
Crime and Safety Alerts
Crime and safety alerts may be periodically issued by the Department of Public Safety. These alerts are issued to the Brandeis community by voice mail, mailings and alerts, posted on building bulletin boards and entrances, and through the media sources serving the Brandeis community.