At Wheaton the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is paramount. Our Public Safety Department provides around-the-clock protection and emergency services for the campus, which is located within a quarter of a mile of the local police department. In addition, the town of Norton in which Wheaton resides was recently named one of the safest towns in Massachusetts and among the top 10 safest in the U.S., by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

Wheaton’s public safety department is committed to providing a comprehensive program of police, security, crime prevention, fire safety, emergency medical service, parking and traffic enforcement and other related services. The goal is to help insure a safe and orderly environment for the entire college community, guests and visitors.

Trained public safety dispatchers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deal with emergency calls. For emergencies on campus, call: x3333; emergency from off campus: (508) 286-3333; business: x8213 or (508) 286-8213. As part of the Wheaton emergency preparedness plan, we have implemented an Emergency Alert System (Connect Ed) to alert Wheaton students, faculty, and staff in the event of a serious campus emergency. Contact information should be kept up to date at all times.

In addition to motor vehicle patrols, a bike patrol has been established to improve the effectiveness of watching the campus. And when a student has a concern for his/her personal safety in traveling from one point on campus to another, he/she is urged to call the public safety office to request an escort: (508) 286-8213 or x8213 from any campus telephone.

Notices about serious incidents of crime on or near campus are published, distributed and posted in conspicuous locations as warranted.