Campus Safety

A Safe Environment

The Mount Ida Campus sits on 72 acres in the southwest-most village of Newton, MA. The campus is surrounded by the Charles River Country Club and woodlands. The surrounding neighborhoods are known to be safe and well cared for by their residents. 

Campus Security

The Mount Ida Campus has an on-premise security force providing 24/7 patrol, phone, and radio monitoring, as well as visitor management. In addition, an agreement with the City of Newton Police offers emergency support within minutes.  The campus is equipped with Blue Light emergency stations, video monitoring and access control throughout campus.

Campus safety (Building 17) is available 24/7 at 617-243-1477 (creating a contact in your phone is recommended). If you see something, say something.

In case of a life-threatening emergency, dial 911 from any campus landline or from your mobile phone and indicate that you are on the Mount Ida Campus in Newton. 

Important information

Emergency: 911 from campus phones (Newton Police Dispatch); 911 from cell phones (Framingham State Police Dispatch)

Campus security: for non-life-threatening emergencies or assistance dial 1477 from campus phones or 617-243-1477 for cell phones

Emergency alerts: Sign Up for Mount Ida Campus Emergency Alerts here

Save this number: Enter the Campus Emergency Phone Number (617-243-1477) as a contact in your cell phone

Campus emergency numbers are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by both Newton Police Dispatch and by Mount Ida Campus Security Office. Landline phones are placed throughout campus and can be used to dial 911 in case of an emergency.  For non-life-threatening concerns and on-campus security support call the security dispatch desk at X1477 from a landline phone on campus or 617-243-1477 from any phone.

Campus Emergencies and Closures

Campus Phones or cell phones: Dial 911 and state that you are at the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst, as well as the building and room/floor where you are located.

Receive Emergency Alerts

Members of the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst 

Alerts for emergencies and campus closures, including those that are weather-related, will be sent through the University RAVE system. Register with your UMass Amherst NetID and select the Mount Ida Campus location from the main screen.

Please register for emergency alerts by texting UMassMtIdaAlerts to 78015 or copying and pasting this link into a browser: or click SIGN UP NOW

Visitors wishing to receive alerts

Visitors not formally affiliated with UMass Amherst can still register to receive campus alerts.

To register via text message:

  • Text “UMassMtIdaAlerts” to 78015
  • You will receive a confirmation and welcome text

To stop receiving Mount Ida alerts

  • Text “STOP” to 78015

Mail and Packages

The Security Office is also the hub for package delivery and campus visitor registration. This monitored and secure location is the central receiving office for all campus deliveries and campus mail and courier services to the Amherst campus.

Get more details about mail and packages.

Clery Act

Visit the UMass Amherst Police Department website for annual security reports, crime statistics, and other information.