University Police

Policy on Safety & Security in Residence Halls

The UMass Lowell Residence Life program is comprised of 13 on- and off-campus residential facilities. Within this program, undergraduate and graduate students are offered the opportunity to live on campus in corridor style or suite/apartment style living in coed residence halls.

Access to the residence halls is limited to students and their guests according to University regulations. Each Residence Hall is supervised by a Resident Director. The Resident Directors in all Residence Halls are either full time professional staff at the University or graduate or upper-class students with significant experience as Residence Life staff. Each individual floor within a residence hall is supervised by a Resident Adviser at an approximate ratio of 30:1. All residence life staff receive extensive training prior to the academic year as well as ongoing training throughout the year on topics such as, but not limited to, safety and security, policy enforcement, counseling skills, crisis intervention, CPR and first aid, conflict mediation, activity planning and community development. 

All residence halls with the exception of the two East Meadow Lane Apartment buildings, 725 Merrimack Street, 500-502 Moody Street and 103-105 School Street are equipped with electronic security systems and/or uniformed security personnel to promote a safe and secure environment on campus. Bourgeois, Concordia, Eames, Leitch, Donahue, Fox, Sheehy Halls and the Inn and Conference Center (ICC) are each equipped with electronic security card access systems at the main entry to each building. All entry doors are secured 24 hours daily. 

All student bedrooms are equipped with locking devices, most of which are dead bolt type. Suite style residence halls are equipped with locks on both entry and bedroom doors. In addition, all common access area doors have security viewers. All visitors and guests are required to identify themselves between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. and abide by the appropriate procedures as outlined in the Residence Hall Guest Policy. Overnight guests are permitted as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Special security procedures are in effect during vacation/low occupancy periods. During these periods residents are consolidated into a concentrated residential area for safety and security purposes.

Policy on Safety & Security in Off-Campus Residences

Off-campus apartment complexes, townhouses/condominium communities and other multi-family dwellings pose unique challenges. Because of the natural turnover of many residents in rental property, students must make an extra effort to be aware of their surroundings. This includes knowledge of the measures landlords have taken on behalf of resident safety. 

These residences fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Lowell Police Department. To report a crime, call the non-emergency number at 978-937-3200. In the event of an emergency dial 911. UMass Lowell Police Department personnel do not provide law enforcement services to off-campus residences unless requested by the Lowell Police Department, nor are activities off-campus recognized by University authority.