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Housing and Residential Life

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 produce 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.

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 33 proctor stations 24/7, 365 days a year  (for all open buildings).

Professional Staff
Thomas Cote, Director, Residence Safety and Security
Ken Slocum, Assistant Director, Residence Safety and Security
Thao Tran, Assistant Director, Residence Safety and Security
William Schwartz, Assistant Director, Residence Safety and Security
Phillip Mora, Payroll Assistant

Co-op Positions
Administrative Assistant

Residential Safety Office Supervisors
The supervisor position is a part-time position made up of both students and nonstudents. Between 20 and 25 supervisors are needed in order to meet 24/7 supervisor coverage.

Proctors include students, nonstudents, 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.

The Residential Safety Office also prints replacement Husky ID’s on weekends between the hours of 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Residents requesting replacement ID’s may be subject to costs associated with reprinted cards.

How to Apply for the Proctor Position
Stop by the Residential Safety Office in Speare Hall and fill out a paper application.  Applicants will be notified regarding an interview appointment after the application is received and processed. Staffing needs vary at certain times of the year. As a general rule, first-year students are usually not hired into this position.

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