Emergencies and Campus Safety

Emergency Alerts

To keep the campus community informed about emergency situations or conditions that could disrupt campus activities, the university employs a number of different emergency communication methods called UMass Amherst Alerts. Based on the emergency threat or incident on campus, the campus will utilize the appropriate method(s):

• In the event of an ongoing campus emergency, the Office of Parent Services will email families updates in coordination with the University’s Emergency Management Team. Make sure to subscribe to our email list.

• Posts to UMass homepage and UMass Social Media Accounts (UMass Twitter and UMass Facebook) may supplement UMass Alerts with more in-depth information and instructions.

• UMass Amherst Alerts sends a text message alert during an emergency situation to all students who enroll in the program. Students, faculty, and staff are sent emergency broadcast e-mails to their UMass e-mail addresses informing them of specific crimes on campus and general safety messages.

• The campus also has eight outdoor warning sirens/loud speakers located throughout campus that may be used to notify the campus of an existing or imminent threat to the campus community.

Adding Emergency Contacts in SPIRE

All students are encouraged to enter an emergency contact on their SPIRE account if they haven’t already done so. Your student can do this by logging into SPIRE, going to the Main Menu, selecting My Personal Information and then Emergency Contacts. Students who already entered an emergency contact should check back once a semester to make sure it is up to date.

For more tips for to help your student prepare for emergencies, visit the Office of Emergency Management.

UMass Police Department

The UMass Police Department (UMPD) is a fully certified police department operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and works in conjunction with local and state police. In addition to marked cruiser patrol, officers also use mounted, bicycle, and motorcycle units in providing services to the entire campus. UMPD also works closely with other campus offices to prevent more common university-related crimes, including anti-theft campaigns in residence halls.

Safety Escorts

Trained student teams with radios are available to safely escort community members across campus every night, Sunday through Wednesday 8 p.m. – midnight and Thursday through Saturday 8 p.m. – 3 a.m.