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Security and Safety at New England Law | Boston

New England Law | Boston seeks to maintain a crime-free environment in which students, faculty, staff, and visitors feel secure and safe.  Despite its downtown location, the school has been fortunate to have largely been spared serious crimes on its premises or in the immediate vicinity. However, in an effort to prepare and protect its community, the school has implemented the following policies and procedures.

Reporting crime and safety concerns

In case of emergency in any law school building or the immediate surrounding area, including crime or fire, call 911 immediately. Any other safety concerns should be reported to New England Law security personnel.

New England Law security personnel are at the security desk, in the lobby of 154 Stuart Street, at all times when that building is open.  A security guard will also be at the security desk immediately inside the front door of 46 Church Street, at all times when that building is open.  All security personnel are under the supervision of the director of facilities and security (Miguel Alvarado 617-422-7286; e-mail: malvarado@nesl.edu).

New England Law security personnel are authorized to respond to criminal actions or emergencies and may issue warnings to alleged offenders, eject alleged offenders from the building, call for assistance from the Boston Police and Massachusetts State Police, and detain alleged offenders until the arrival of police officers.  New England Law security personnel have a good working relationship with the Boston Police Department and with the Massachusetts State Police.

Security personnel report all crimes occurring on property controlled by New England Law to the Boston Police Department.  In addition, such crimes and other incidents are reported to the director of facilities and security, who maintains the school’s crime log. The director reports all crimes to the Office of the Dean as soon as possible.  If the Office of the Dean determines that the nature of the crime warrants a warning to members of the New England Law community, the Office of the Dean will issue that warning. 

New England Law | Boston property and building hours

The property under the control of New England Law consists of the main building located at 154 Stuart Street and the annex buildings located at 46 Church Street and 29 Winchester Street. Each building is open during the posted hours (http://www.nesl.edu/students/building_hours.cfm).

Emergency notification system

New England Law uses an emergency notification system, e2Campus, to alert members of the community to emergencies or weather cancellations. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to sign up for this service, if they are not already included. Information on registration and notifications is available here (www.nesl.edu/students/e2campus.cfm)

Messages are also sent through the New England Law e-mail system to provide additional details about notices sent through e2Campus and to keep members of the community updated on non-emergency developments.

Safety and security in downtown Boston

The law school is located in the downtown of an urban area, which presents both professional and personal opportunities for our students. Boston is largely a safe city, but our urban location exposes us to the same public safety issues that exist in any major city. Being in a city demands vigilance, and awareness and common sense are the best protections against crime.

These tips will help you stay safe in the city:

  • Remain alert to your surroundings and to other people at all times, and when you can, walk in a group as you travel between our buildings and to garages and T-stops. As much as possible, choose well-traveled and well-lit areas.
  • Talking on cell phones or wearing headphones can distract you from what is going on around you; your cell phone or audio equipment may also make you an attractive target for theft.  If you take a taxi, be sure that the cab you enter displays a medallion that indicates that it is licensed.
  • If you feel unsafe walking to your destination from any law school building, you may request that a member of our security staff walk with you to a parked car, garage, or T-stop, during hours when the staff is on duty.  Call 617-422-7287 during building hours.

Although we monitor entrance to the law school buildings and experience very few thefts, we advise students not to leave laptops or other valuables unattended while at school.

Safety policies

New England Law | Boston has enacted policies in the following areas, which apply to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other visitors to the law school’s buildings.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages
Possession and use of illicit drugs and other controlled substances
Sexual harassment
Hazing
Tobacco
Weapons

Annual Security Report

The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (known as the “Clery Act”) mandates that educational institutions collect and report statistics for the three most recent calendar years on the occurrence of specific crimes on campus or in non-campus buildings or property or on public property adjacent to the campus, provided that the crimes have been reported to local police agencies or to a campus security authority.  These statistics are compiled by the Office of the Dean from the incidence reports entered in the New England Law crime log (maintained by the school’s Office of Facilities and Security) and from information provided by the Boston Police Department.

Annual Security Report (2010-2012)

The Campus Crime and Security Survey required by the Clery Act only includes a limited geographical area adjacent to the law school. Boston Police Department statistics include a larger area around the school.  If you wish to look at the statistics provided by the Boston Police Department for the surrounding areas, please contact Jacqui Pilgrim, director of student services, at 617-422-7401 or jpilgrim@nesl.edu.

Contact numbers

  • New England Law Office of Facilities and Security/Stuart Street – 617-422-7287
  • New England Law Security Desk/Church Street – 617-422-7262
  • Office of Student Services – 617-422-7401
  • Sex Offenders Registry Unit – 617-343-4965