Safety protocols for Northeastern’s Oakland campus

04/19/22 – OAKLAND, CA: Exterior view of Mills Hall at Mills College on April 19, 2022. Photo by Ruby Wallau for Northeastern University

The following message was sent to all students at Northeastern’s Oakland campus on Friday, January 27, 2023.

Dear Students – As you know, earlier this week, a shooting took place in close proximity to Northeastern’s Oakland campus. Those involved in the shooting had no affiliation with the university.

The safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is always our number one priority. All of Northeastern University’s campuses are protected by Northeastern Public Safety, which includes a full-service and dedicated Police Department, Emergency Management team, and International Security division.

The university has made significant upgrades to the safety and security infrastructure of the Oakland campus, including new technology, new protocols, additional public safety staff, comprehensive training, and safe transportation options. These important enhancements include:

– Added proctored security stations in residence halls for access control and visitor management, including security cameras and alarm systems.

– New stops on the Off-Campus Shuttle service were added to provide students, staff and faculty with a means of accessing amenities within the Oakland community.

– Ongoing collaborative student training led by Northeastern’s public safety and student affairs teams, including student orientation, tabling, and the distribution of information about safety resources.

– Ongoing Emergency Management preparedness trainings for staff and faculty. An Emergency Guidebook was also published and distributed.

– Hiring of additional public safety staff to support the campus community.

– Increased public safety patrols and posts on campus.

– Installation of new security cameras with particular focus on the exterior areas within campus and campus perimeter is currently underway.

– A new Public Safety Operation Center for monitoring the campus centrally.

We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and vibrant environment for our students, faculty and staff where they can thrive academically, personally and professionally.

We will continue to update you on our work.


Mary Ludden PhD, PMP, CSM

Senior Vice President for Global Network and Strategic Initiatives

Northeastern University