Safety Guidelines

Campus Police Safety

Emergency Notifications

In the event of a serious public safety emergency, the BlackBoard Connect system allows us to reach members of the community via voice messages, e-mails, and text messages. This service is part of Wellesley College's overall emergency preparedness efforts.

Test of the BlackBoard Connect Emergency Notification System

A campus-wide test of the notification system will take place once each semester.

Caller ID for phone messages is (781) 283-2121. For text messages, it is 23177.

If you entered a cell phone that is text enabled, you will receive a text message to confirm you are set to receive emergency text messages. You will see 23177 as the number sending you the message and all subsequent messages. Save this number. Program it as WCALERT so you can quickly recognize it as the official source of Wellesley College emergency notification messages.

For more information: Please contact Lisa Barbin, Chief of Police.

 
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If I supply a cell phone number for text messaging, what message will I receive?

The confirmation message will state the following:

WCALERT: You are now confirmed to receive alerts from us. More info text reply "HELP" or "STOP WCALERT" to opt-out.

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How do I change emergency information that I cannot update myself via the form?

STUDENTS - contact the Registrar's Office

EMPLOYEES (FACULTY, ADMINISTRATIVE AND UNION STAFF) - contact Human Resources.

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Can I opt out of email and voice messages?

No. You may only opt out of text messaging.

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From what number will these text messages display?

You will see 23177 as the text messaging number sending you the confirmation message and all subsequent messages.  Please save this number and program it as WCALERT so that you can quickly recognize this number as the official source of Wellesley College emergency messages.

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I did not receive a confirmation message. What happened?

First, be sure that the College has your correct cell phone number by going to: MyWellesley Portal at https://my.wellesley.edu.   After logging in, click on Employment Services or Students tab, Banner Self-Service, Personal Information, and then Verify and Update Contact Information.

Alcohol and Drug Policies

Wellesley College Alcohol and Drug Policy

Wellesley College is committed to providing an environment of well-being, learning, and accountability for its members. To this end, the Wellesley College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy is grounded in four community standards derived from the Honor Code:

  • compliance with governing law and College policies;
  • respect for the Wellesley College community by minimizing the impact of alcohol and other drug use upon others;
  • care for one’s own health and well-being; and
  • prevention of harm and seeking of assistance and support for self or others.

This policy informs students of their individual, group, and community responsibilities regarding alcohol and other drugs, the College's response to violations, and the resources available for addressing alcohol and other drug-related concerns. Campus Police and Residential Life Professional Staff have primary responsibility for enforcement of this policy.

read the policy

Commonwealth of MA Underage Drinking Law

Read the explanation of the Massachusetts laws and penalties with respect to underage drinking and/or driving and social host liability.

massachusetts alcohol law

Personal Security

Blue Phones

Emergency "Blue" phones are located at strategic points on campus.

Program Your Cell

WCPD recommends programming of cell phones with the Campus Police dispatch number (781) 283-2121. Dispatchers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer your call.

Lock It

Lock your Res Hall Door to protect your belongings

Safety Escorts

Campus Police provides an escort if you feel uncomfortable walking at night.

escort van

Identity Theft

If you are the victim of identity theft or fraud, report it by contacting Campus Police immediately. In addition, keep all papers, receipts, cancelled checks, mail from companies, etc. related to this crime.