Safety & Security

Keeping Campus Safe and Secure

The Northeastern University Police Department is dedicated to maintaining the campus as a safe and pleasant place in which to live, work and study. However, a truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of all students, faculty and staff.

Northeastern Safety and Security

The Residential Safety Office’s primary responsibility is access control of the residence halls. Access control is achieved with a comprehensive package of "people protecting people," while utilizing a computerized electronic access control system and various alarms.

The Residential Safety Office is located in the upper lobby of Speare Hall and is open 24 hours a day. Other responsibilities include assisting residents and parents, maintaining a special access list, paging residence life staff, notifying public safety of any security breaches or emergency issues and monitoring of all proctor stations.

Residential Safety Office supervisors conduct rounds every shift at each of the proctor stations and immediately report any risks to the appropriate residence life, public safety or facilities officials. The Residential Safety Office supervisors work in close partnership with the Public Safety Division’s Community Policing Teams.

Access Control

Residence hall main entrance doors and inner lobby doors are controlled by a computerized electronic access control system. The residence hall exterior doors can be locked or unlocked on demand or on pre-designated schedules. Residents are required to provide their Northeastern University Husky Identification Card to the proctors stationed at the lobby entrances for access approval. This is achieved with the assistance of a card reader connected electronically to an updated resident list. In emergency situations, any particular resident’s access can be removed electronically and/or residence hall main entrance doors can be locked to prevent unwanted access. All guests and visitors are required to produce photo identification in order to be signed in by a resident. All guests must be escorted by a resident at all times. Residents are only allowed to sign in three guests at a time.

Leased Properties

  • Security is maintained via key access to the apartment building and the individual apartments. There are no proctors or card-activated entry access points in leased properties.
  • For more information, please refer to the Guide to Residence Hall Living (.pdf).
  • The Residential Safety Office currently staffs 36 proctor stations 24/7, 365 days a year (for all open buildings).



Many families choose to visit their student throughout the course of the academic year. By reviewing the following information, you will be better prepared when you come to campus. Make plans with your student prior to visiting campus and discuss the date and time of your visit and where you will meet. This will reduce any miscommunication and give your student an opportunity to share with roommates your arrival.

  • Bring a photo ID along with you if you wish to visit your student in their residence hall. Guests are not allowed past the Proctor Station without being signed in with a valid photo ID.
  • Children under the age of sixteen are prohibited from staying overnight in the residence halls, but are allowed to visit during daytime hours as long as they are with a parent or guardian.
  • Guests are allowed to stay up to three consecutive nights with their guest. Please reference the guest policy for more information.
  • Food provisions are the way to any student’s heart.
  • Pets are prohibited in the residence halls, so if you choose to bring Fido make sure they have a place to stay while you are visiting if you choose to enter a residence hall.

Professional Staff

  • Daniel Finn, Director, Residence Safety and Security
  • Thao Tran, Associate Director, Residence Safety and Security
  • Kenneth Slocum, Assistant Director, Residence Safety and Security
  • Phillip Mora, Assistant Director, Residence Safety and Security
  • William Schwartz, Assistant Director, Residence Safety and Security
  • Kathryn Uggerholt, Budget and Payroll Assistant, Residence Safety and Security

Northeastern university Public Safety

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Student Positions

Administrative Assistant Co-Op

The administrative assistant co-op is responsible for communications between RCS professional staff and student employees. For a list of requirements and to apply, please visit the NEU Cool portal or speak with your co-op coordinator.

Residential Safety Office Supervisors

The supervisor position is a part-time position made up of both students and non-students. Between 20 and 25 supervisors are needed in order to meet 24/7 supervisor coverage. Supervisors are promoted from the existing proctor pool.



Proctors include students, non-students and resident assistants. Contract security is also used to supplement staffing requirements. In order to maintain the staffing needs, the Residential Safety Office employs 800-1,200 part-time students annually, and of those, 350-400 weekly. This opportunity affords many students the ability to take some ownership in the safety and security of the residence halls.

  • Proctor stations are located in the lobby of most residence halls.
  • All residence hall lobbies are equipped with CCTV surveillance cameras that can be monitored by both the Public Safety Operations Center and the Residential Safety Office supervisors.
  • All proctor stations are equipped with duress alarms that are connected to the Northeastern University Police Operations Center.
  • All proctor stations are equipped with landline telephones.
  • All exterior doors are equipped with intrusion alarms that are connected directly to the Northeastern University Police Operations Center. Northeastern University Police investigate all alarm violations.

How to Apply for the Proctor Position

We have transitioned to online applications! Find our posting on the Student Employment home page.