About Safety and Security
Mission, Values, and Philosophy
The mission of the Bowdoin College Office of Safety and Security is to Serve the Common Good by doing for people – with fairness, dignity and respect – to foster a safe and secure campus community that supports the educational, personal, and professional goals of all students, employees, and visitors.
The Bowdoin College Office of Safety and Security provides 24-hour service and protection to the Bowdoin community. Security officers are generally assigned to campus patrol operations, the communications center, and to the Museum of Art.
Safety and Security officers respond to and investigate all reported incidents and policy violations. Excellent interdepartmental relationships are maintained with the Brunswick police and fire/emergency medical, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for coordinated emergency response and operational support.
The campus is patrolled by officers in vehicles, on foot, and on bicycle. The 24-hour communications center answers emergency and routine calls for service and monitors an extensive network of security cameras and life safety systems. Blue light emergency phones dot the campus to provide a visible means to obtain help. The Bowdoin Shuttle provides safe student transportation within a one-mile radius of campus.
Bowdoin has an all-hazards campus emergency management plan and conducts annual scenario-based drills to test campus readiness to respond to major emergencies. A campus-wide mass notification system informs all students, faculty and staff of campus emergencies and timely warnings/security alerts within minutes, providing safety information and instructions.
The Bowdoin College Office of Safety and Security is accredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
We are proud of the strong relationships we have with faculty, staff, students, and the Town of Brunswick. Only with the confidence, trust and support of the entire campus community can we ensure that Bowdoin remains the very safe and special place that it is.