Playing It Safe guide

Harvard’s annual security report, Playing It Safe: A Guide for Keeping Safe at Harvard, was prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act) and includes information about:

  • The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD)
  • How to report a crime
  • HUPD’s crime prevention programs
  • Substance abuse
  • Sensitive crimes
  • Security and HUPD services on campus

It also contains three years of statistics on reported campus or campus-related crimes.

MessageMe emergency text notification

Under the Harvard University Emergency Management Plan, members of the Harvard community may sign up for SMS/text-message alerts, which are sent to subscribers if there is a life-threatening campus- or school-wide emergency. This system operates in parallel with other notification systems, such as Harvard University Police Department announcements and University website announcements.

You are encouraged to sign up for this text-messaging service to facilitate rapid and effective communication if there is a campus emergency. Contact information is private and will not be shared.

To use the service, you must have a mobile phone that is able to receive text messages; regular text-message charges will apply. You can renew the service annually and may unsubscribe at any time.

To sign up, you need your Harvard University ID and PIN. Go to the MessageMe website and provide the requested information. Check the box for “FAS Extension School” to receive all University-wide emergency message alerts, as well as messages sent just to Extension School students.

Weather cancellations

Extension School classes are rarely canceled because of inclement weather. In the rare instance when classes are canceled, a notice is posted on the homepage the day of cancellations. If individual classes are canceled, registered students are notified by e-mail. See Extension School Weather Information to view a list of weather notification services, including the Harvard Weather Emergency Hotline and participating radio and TV stations.