Public Safety

Campus Security

Longwood Security Services provides public safety and security for the Boston Architectural College (BAC). 

In the event of an emergency call 911 immediately and then, when possible, dial 617-730-7160 (from an external phone) or dial extension 243 (from an internal phone). 

Longwood Security follows protocol specific to the nature of the critical event.

If you have any non-emergency questions or concerns please report them to our onsite Security Personnel at: or dial 617-585-0200 during our standard hours of operation or dial 617-730-7160 outside of standard hours of operation.

Longwood Security reports to Patti Vaughn, Director of Administrative Operations,; Ellen Yee, Director of Facilities,; and Richard Griswold, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students,  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Campus Compliance Reports

The Boston Architectural College, in accordance with the US Department of Education, is committed to assisting in providing a safe environment for staff to work, faculty and students to teach and learn, as well as to keep parents and students well informed about campus security. Data collected in this survey will be published by the Office of Postsecondary Education on the Campus Safety and Security page. The survey was authorized by Congress with the 1998 amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to help potential college students and their parents research criminal offenses on college campuses. Please see the attached documents pertaining to the Boston Architectural College's Clery and campus compliance reports. For the BAC Student Policies and Community Standards along with the Campus Compact these can be found here.

In compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, the BAC requires students, faculty, and staff to report all criminal actions or threats thereof, vandalism, and emergencies occurring within the building and vicinity by calling 911 and then reporting the incident to our Security personnel. Reports are to be made to the Security Officer on duty at the reception station in the lobby, who will file an incident report. The Security Officer can be reached internally by dialing extension 243. In the event that an incident occurs after hours, students should call appropriate law enforcement and/or emergency personnel and Longwood Security 617-730-7160. All reports will then be disseminated to appropriate staff member(s).

Medical Emergency
• In case of a medical emergency, call 911.
• Please notify security at 617-730-7160 from an external phone, or internally from extension 243.
• 951 Boylston Street: Familiarize yourself with emergency phones on each floor-this will connect you to Longwood Security.
• Onsite security can help make a determination as to whether or not medical attention is required.
• If medical attention is needed and the injury is minor, security can treat the victim with the first aid kit.
• If the injury is more serious, security can call an ambulance.

Hospitals Nearby:
• Boston Medical Center, 1 Boston Medical Center Place (by car: 10 minutes / 1.45 miles)
• Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 1 Deaconess Road (by car: 11 minutes / 1.9 miles)
• New England Baptist Hospital, 125 Parker Hill Street (by car: 15 minutes / 2.38 miles)
• Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street (by car: 11 minutes / 1.8 miles)
• Mass General Hospital, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114 (by car: 11 minutes / 2.1 miles)

Security completes an incident report and forwards it to Director of Administrative Operations and the Manager of Facilities. A file is maintained for the federal year-end statistics report.

Fire Drill
• When fire alarms sounds and emergency lights are flashing, please evacuate the building immediately in an orderly fashion.
• If possible, take all belongings with you.
• Please walk immediately to the exit stairwells.
• Do not use elevators!
• Upon exiting the building, please gather across the street from the building as a safety measure.
• Do not re-enter the building until the fire department has given permission to do so.

Stolen Property
• Report all incidents to security at the 320 Newbury Street location as soon as possible.
• Security can also be notified by 617-730-7160 from an external phone, or internally from extension 243.
• 951 Boylston Street: Familiarize yourself with emergency phones on each floor-this will connect you to Longwood Security.
• A report will be filed with the BAC and Longwood Security.
• If stolen property is found, the person will be notified.
• Please report any stolen items to the local police department in our precinct which is located at:
Boston Police Department, 650 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02116-6199; 617-343-4250

• Security completes an incident report and forwards it to the Director of Administrative Operations and the Director of Facilities. A file is maintained for a Federal year-end statistics report.

Sudden and Inclement Weather (i.e., snow storms, blackouts)
If the decision has been made to close the BAC buildings, notification will be posted on the BAC's website and email notifications will be sent to current faculty, staff, and students. Security will alert all those entering the campus that the building is closing and the designated time. The telephone's voicemail system will be updated to the buildings closing status. Text messages will be sent out with notification of our status to those who opt-in at

You can also find our college closing notification on the following broadcasts:
WCVB-TV channel 5
WBZ 4 Storm Center
7 News Boston Storm Force WHDH-TV
Fox 25 News

If we decide to close the building for the day, we will post the morning cancellations between 6 am-6:30 am.
For storms that begin while we are on campus:
4:00 pm -7:00 pm class cancellations will be posted by 1:00 pm
7:00 pm-10:30 pm class cancellations will be posted by 4:00 pm

Statewide Emergency and Evacuation Procedures
For an emergency, call 911, then call 617-730-7160, if possible.
The fire signal is an audible alarm made through the fire system. When the alarm sounds, please follow the instructions below:
• Leave the immediate area where the hazard exists.
• Use the handrails, and walk single file on the right side of the stairs. Do not use the elevator!
• Remain calm and quiet in order to hear additional instructions.
• Exit the facility and remain at least 100 feet away from the building or at an established meeting place.
• Remain outside of the facility until instructed by emergency responders to re-enter.
• Cooperate with emergency response personnel.
• Security will alert all those entering the campus that the building is closed.

Longwood Security Escort
An escort is available at all times. Anyone requesting an escort service may ask the security officer on site to secure one through the Longwood Security main office.

Mental Health/Crisis and Assistance
1-800-981-HELP (1-800-981-4357)
The Boston Emergency Services Team (B.E.S.T.), under the leadership of Boston Medical Center and with the support of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, provides 24-hour service for adults and children in need of immediate psychiatric intervention. Individuals who need emergency care are assessed and briefly treated by experienced, master's level clinicians and physicians who specialize in rapid response to those in psychiatric crisis. B.E.S.T. provides a comprehensive, highly integrated system of crisis evaluation to children, adolescents, adults, including the elderly, the homeless, mentally ill, and the multi-cultural populations within the Metro Boston areas. This toll-free number can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By using the 1-800-981-HELP helpline, a caller is assisted in dealing with a psychiatric, crisis support, information and referrals. The caller may be directed to a B.E.S.T. urgent care center or a designated emergency department, or a crisis intervention mobile team may be dispatched to the site of the crisis. If you or someone in your family is in crisis, consider calling 1-800-981-HELP for guidance. They may suggest useful alternatives to the emergency department.

BAC ID badge/Access Rights/Library Card
• New and replacement BAC ID badge/access rights/library cards are made for current Students, Staff, and Faculty in the Office of Student Life located on the first floor of 320 Newbury Street.
• If you lose your BAC ID/access rights/library card please notify the Operations Department by phone at 617-585-0211 or by email at as soon as possible so that we may deactivate any access right privileges for safety and security purposes. 
• Replacement of a BAC ID/access rights/library card for students will cost $30.00.

Please Be Advised
• Anyone visiting the BAC must sign into the guest book at the front desk with Security.
• Any guest visiting the gallery may do so once they have signed the guest book. If they wish to tour the campus they must alert the Admissions Department who will work with them to set up a tour when available. Guests may not tour the campus unescorted.
• Children visiting the campus must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
• Service animals only are allowed in the building. No other pets are allowed on campus.
• Students are not permitted to store items at the security desk. We cannot be held responsible for items left unattended.
• Bikes are not permitted in the building unless they are foldup bikes. See our Bike Policy for more details. If you have a bike, please park it in the appropriate locations and securely lock it. We cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen property.
• For the safety and well-being of all, the use of rollerblades, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited in all BAC facilities.