Skip to main content

Public Safety

New England Conservatory strives to keep our campus safe and welcoming to all NEC and visiting community members. Our special police officers and security guards enhance the safety of our campus through visibility, patrols, and continued training for emergency situations.  We hope that you will help us in our endeavors to keep our campus safe and secure.

If you ever see or encounter anything that you feel should be reported, please call the 24-Hour Security Line. If you would simply like to comment or make suggestions concerning our public safety program, please contact Michael Ryan at 617-585-1187.

Campus Safety and Security Report for 2016

Below you will find a link to NEC’s Campus Safety and Security Report for the 2016 calendar year. This includes a record of the statistics regarding incidents and/or crimes that were reported in the NEC community during the previous year, in compliance with the Clery Act.

View full PDF



J. Michael Ryan, Director of Public Safety617-585-1187
24-Hour Security Line617-599-9965
Jordan Hall Security Desk617-585-1290
SLPC (255 St. Botolph) Security Desk617-585-1255
241 St. Botolph Security Desk617-585-1241
33 Gainsborough Security Desk617-585-1333


Building Hours

Jordan HallEvery Day, Academic Year7:00am - 12:00am
  *Pianists with priority validation may enter at 6:00am
SLPC (255 St. Botolph)Every Day, Academic Year7:00am - 11:00pm
  *Students living in Res Hall always have card access
241 St. BotolphMonday through Friday7:00am - 12:00am
 Saturday7:00am - 11:00pm
 Sunday7:00am - 10:00pm
33 GainsboroughEvery Day, Academic Year7:00am - 11:00pm

Emergency Notification System

Community members will receive notifications via e-mail and text from our Emergency Notification System when the immediate area has recently experienced, is experiencing, or may be about to experience a potential threat.

ID Policies

All Building Policy
We require all of our students, faculty, and staff to present their ID cards upon entering any of our buildings. This allows us to keep track of who comes and goes in and out of our buildings, which in turn allows us to make the campus a safer place.  Guests without ID cards are required to sign in at the security desk.

All faculty members must submit names of visitors to the security desk prior to their arrival so that the guards can verify that these visitors are approved to gain access.  Visitors will be required to sign-in with security and give them a form of identification (driver’s license, student ID, etc.) to be held at the security desk.

Practice Policy
NEC community members are required to leave their IDs in the card slot located on the front window of the practice room they are utilizing.  This helps us to better regulate the designated priority rooms and ensures that non-community members aren’t making use of precious practice room space.

If your ID stops working, is stolen, lost, or in any way needs replacing, you may go to Building Operations (33 Gainsborough) to obtain a new one.  If your card has stopped working (due to demagnetization or a similar physical problem), then a new card must be printed.

All students receive one replacement for free (regardless of the reason), and every replacement after that is $20 (regardless of the reason).

Please keep in mind that this office does not take debit or credit cards, and does not always have change. If you know you need to pay for a replacement ID, please bring exact change, or alternatively, you may pay with a check.  Recommended hours for ID replacements are Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 3:00.  You can call ahead at x1176 to make sure someone will be in the office to assist you.

General Safety Tips

The following safety tips can help keep you safe and secure.

  • Do not leave your things unattended.  This includes practice rooms, dorm rooms, the Bistro, and even the library. This is the biggest cause of theft on campus.  If you are using a laptop computer, do not leave it unattended at any time. Keep your purse, wallet, keys and other valuables with you at all times.  Petty theft is reported frequently at the locations lining Huntington Avenue.
  • Be aware of people distracting you so they can have an opportunity to take your belongings.  Asking you for directions what time it is, or for a light are the usual methods.
  • Faculty and staff – always lock your office when you leave for any period of time. Do not leave the door propped open.
  • Carry a minimal amount of cash and credit/ATM cards while at school or in the workplace.
  • Do not carry passports, visas, or social security cards unless absolutely necessary.
  • Immediately report suspicious activity to Public Safety.
  • When walking around at night, remain in well-lit, well-traveled areas. Avoid shortcuts and remain alert.  Travel with friends, rather than by yourself.  Do not compromise safety for the sake of convenience.
  • Have your car or building key in your hand before you reach the door of your car or destination.  Do not spend time at your car door or at your destination searching for your keys.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts. If you are concerned about something you see or hear notify security and leave the area.