Committed to Your Security

Cambridge is a unique place rich in art and history, and because of this it can easily be forgotten that Cambridge is also a city.  As in any city, precautions should always be taken.  Below you’ll is some useful information regarding campus secuirty and tips that will help assure your stay in Cambridge is a safe and enjoyable experience.

Harvard Police

The Harvard University Police Departmenet (HUPD) is staffed with licensed special State Police officers and deputy sheriffs. Their main priority is to maintain a safe and secure campus. If you have an emergency or need to report a crime, do not hesitate to call HUPD at 617-495-1212.

Playing It Safe
Harvard publishes an annual security report, called Playing it Safe, prepared in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”). It includes information about the HUPD, how to report a crime, HUPD’s crime prevention programs, substance abuse, sensitive crimes, and three years of safety statistics.

Download Playing it Safe to learn more. (

Safety and Security in the Evening

Evening Van Service (fully accessible)
The Evening Van Service is designed to transport faculty, staff and students safely about the campus area as a supplement to the shuttle bus system. The service operates between 7 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., seven days a week throughout the entire year including summer and break periods (University recognized holidays excluded.)  No advance arrangements are needed. However, the last call for a ride must be received by 11:45 p.m. For more information, or to request a ride, please call 617-495-0400.

Harvard University Campus Escort Program (HUCEP)
HUCEP teams, who are trained and supervised by the HUPD, provide walking escorts to students, faculty, and staff seven nights a week during the academic year and cover the Yard, River, and Quad areas. Teams are identified by their brightly colored vests, labeled HUCEP. Escorts respond to calls for service through the HUCEP hotline 617 -384-8237 or (38)-HUCEP], and can be flagged down by students, faculty, and staff in need of an escort. Escort teams also are encouraged to ask solo walkers if they would like an escort to their destination.

The hours of operation for HUCEP are:

10:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. – Sunday through Wednesday

10:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. – Thursday through Saturday