A high priority for the UMPD is to make the campus a place where students can move about with a sense of safety. We achieve this by maintaining a well-lit campus, placing security cameras at residence hall doorways and help phones throughout campus, and operating a nightly walking escort service. The entire campus community helps with these priorities through an annual program called the Walk for Light.
Walk for Light is a comprehensive campus safety check in which students, staff, and faculty spread across the campus to report any safety concerns they see along the way. It's conducted by the UMPD in conjunction with the Physical Plant, Housing and Residence Life, Student Affairs and Campus Life, and the Student Government Association (SGA).
As the Walk for Light illustrates, crime prevention on the UMass Amherst campus requires the cooperation of the entire campus community. Students, faculty, and staff must work together with police by staying alert, paying attention to your surroundings, taking precautions, watching out for friends (and your own) safety, and reporting any suspicious or unusual behavior to security or police.