Boston College is committed to providing a safe and healthy campus environment. Among its highest priorities are the health and safety of all students. This page offers an overview of campus response to incidents as well as guidelines your son or daughter may follow to prepare for emergencies themselves.
Learn more about specific campus safety items and procedures.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN INCIDENT OCCURS
Whenever a significant incident occurs on campus, the BC Police officers who report to the scene are then instructed to notify BC's Senior Administrator On-Call. Based on the seriousness of the situation, the administrator may alert the Emergency Team, whose members have created a comprehensive set of emergency response procedures to deal with crisis situations.
COMMUNICATION DURING AN EMERGENCY
Messages will be distributed through the BC Emergenc website, campus-wide broadcast e-mails, cell phone text messaging, and the emergency hotline at 1-888-BOS-COLL (1-888-267-2655). In addition, BC Emergency Facebook and Twitter accounts will be used to provide information and updates during an emergency.
During major emergencies, family members from across the country can obtain updated information by calling 1-888-BOS-COLL (267-2655) or visiting the BC Emergency website.
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS
Boston College has a full complement of resources available to help students with any physical or emotional needs. Medical attention is available 24/7 at University Health Services or, if needed, at area hospitals. Counselors and Campus Ministers also are available at all times. BC's emergency response team will work to provide food and housing during an emergency.
HELP STUDENTS PREPARE
Below are a few key steps to assisting your student to be prepared for an emergency:
- Learn about What Hazards Can Occur and Campus Safety Procedures. Instruct your child to become familiar with the BC Emergency website.
- Update Contact Information for Emergency Notification and become familiar with BC Emergency Notification Procedures.
- Make a Family Communication Plan.