As the reverberations of Sept. 11 continue to be felt by individuals and institutions across the country, all Schools and departments at Harvard also have been evaluating their security procedures, and increasing support services for members of the community.
“The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) has received no information about credible threats to Harvard or its community members,” said HUPD Chief Francis “Bud” Riley. “As a precaution, however, the HUPD has taken measures to increase the visibility of its officers on campus, which will continue for the foreseeable future.”
Harvard University Operations Services and HUPD are currently working with faculty and facility administrators regarding implementing some specific ideas to increase safety and security, which are going forward in the Schools and departments, several coming after suggestions from Harvard personnel. The HUPD encourages Harvard employees and students to contact the managers of their facilities or HUPD at (617) 495-1215 if they have concerns, questions, or ideas for improving security.
Members of the Harvard community who have concerns about their personal safety are encouraged to make use of the University’s various escort services. On the Longwood campus, call (617) 432-1379; a walking escort service is available 24 hours a day and a free taxi escort service is available from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. seven days a week. In Cambridge, the SafetyWalk number is (617) 496-5656; the service is offered from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Also in Cambridge, the evening shuttle van service can be reached at (617) 495-0400; rides are free and available on demand between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. nightly. Or call the Harvard University Police directly at (617) 495-1215.
Most Schools have hosted informational and support sessions for faculty, students and staff. These have ranged from open-dialogue public meetings to onsite counseling sessions.
For more information, see http://www.news.harvard.edu/specials/tradecenter/.