Access to and Security of Facilities

Most campus facilities are open to community members and visitors during normal business hours. After normal business hours and during breaks, these facilities are locked and only accessible to authorized individuals.  HUPD officers and security guards conduct routine security and safety patrols of the academic and administrative buildings to monitor conditions and report any unusual circumstances.

However, residences are secured 24 hours a day and require University identification or key access to gain entry. Residents should not allow unknown individuals access to residential buildings. HUPD officers and security guards monitor security in the residential facilities and encourage building residents to report suspicious or unusual activity. 

Schools, residences, and administrative buildings typically assign responsibility for their maintenance and security to building superintendents or managers.  Harvard also contracts with Securitas, a private security agency, to provide services.

In the event that your local building security is not able to meet your needs, such as in case of a lockout, the HUPD is available to assist you.  Feel free to call 617-495-1215 for assistance.  If you have questions about accessibility for persons with mobility impairments, please contact the University Disability Coordinator at 617-495-1859 or 617-495-4801 (TTY) or by email at

Security Considerations Used in the Maintenance of Campus Facilities

Harvard University maintains campus facilities in a manner that minimizes hazardous and unsafe conditions.  Parking lots and pathways are illuminated.  As necessary, HUPD works closely with Harvard Campus Services to enhance security and to make sure that maintenance issues, such as replacing burned out lights and repairing malfunctioning door locks, are addressed.