Five Dos and Don'ts When Dealing with the Police


  1. Do be cooperative and helpful.
  2. Do be truthful. You don’t want to make things worse by adding additional citations. For example, it is a crime to give a police officer a fake name.
  3. Do seek legal advice ASAP if you are arrested or ticketed. Students at UMass Amherst can contact Student Legal Services for legal services that are free of charge.
  4. Don’t argue with police.
  5. Don’t run or resist being arrested or ticketed. It is a crime to flee police on foot.


Student Legal Services
Campus Center 922

University Health Services
150 Infirmary Way

Off Campus Student Center
Student Union 314

Dean of Students
Whitmore 277

University of MassachusettsPolice Department
In case of Emergency: Dial 911
Non-Emergency: 413-545-2121

The Center for Women and Community
(formerly Everywoman's Center)
180 Infirmary WayNew Africa House
Main number: 413-545-0883
24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline:413-545-0800
TTY: 413-577-0940