Cronkhite Center Health & Safety

Cronkhite Center Health & Safety

Please familiarize yourself with this important health and safety information:

Alcohol and Drug Policy

Possession, use, or distribution of certain nonprescription drugs, including marijuana, amphetamines, heroin, cocaine, and nonprescription synthetics; procurement or distribution of alcohol if one is under 21 years of age; and provision of alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age are violations of law and of Harvard policy.

The University cannot be considered a protector or sanctuary from existing laws of the city, state, or federal government. Students are encouraged to consider the risks that may come from ingesting illicit drugs or too much alcohol.

Treatment for alcohol or drug-related problems is available through the various Deans’ offices at Harvard, as well as the Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). Any member of the University may make use of HUHS on an emergency basis, day or night.

Alcohol is allowed at certain Graduate Commons events when approved and served using Harvard University bartenders.


HUH prohibits the use of grills (charcoal, propane, liquefied petroleum gas, and electric), smokers, hibachis, chimineas, etc. at all HUH residential properties except single family homes with exclusive outside space.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are found all over the world and are constantly being dispersed via used furniture, luggage, and bedding. During the last decade the number of bed bug infestations reported from the housing industry in Massachusetts has significantly increased. The challenge is to correctly identify this insect, prevent its spread, and eliminate it from housing units. The information provided by Harvard Environmental Health and Safety will help affiliates recognize and prevent infestations of bed bugs at Harvard University Housing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Property Management Office.

Personal Property Insurance

It is your responsibility to insure any personal property. HUH and Harvard University do not cover the cost of replacing residents’ personal items (clothing, computers, furniture, stereos, books, etc.) that may be damaged or lost due to theft, fire, water, or vandalism. Personal property insurance may be obtained by searching online for local insurance agents, National Student Services, Inc. (800-256-6774), or CSI Insurance Agency, Inc. (888-411-4911). Full-time Harvard employees may also be able to obtain discounted insurance through MetLife (to obtain a quote, call Marsh@WorkSolutions at 866-228-3516). Students may first want to check if they are covered under their parents’ homeowners policy, if applicable. Also, residents who live here and own a home elsewhere may want to add appropriate coverage to their home insurance policy for a small additional fee.


Please be aware that we are located in an urban setting and that we share the safety issues that exist in any city. We all have a part in maintaining a safe and secure community.  Residents can help by not ever propping open doors and by getting to know their neighbors.

Many people will be coming in and out during moving periods, so be sure to lock your door when you leave to bring in more of your personal belongings. If you ever see something suspicious, please contact HUPD at 617-495-1212.

Smoke Detectors

Your building is equipped with individual smoke detectors within each resident room as well as a hallway fire alarm system. Resident room detectors will sound only in your room when activated. They will not silence until the source of the alarm is eliminated. Open windows to ventilate your room if food is burned. Do not open doors to hallways to ventilate.

Hallway detectors are linked throughout the building. The entire system will sound if one hallway detector is activated. If this occurs, the building must be evacuated and the fire department will be called. The system will not be silenced until it is determined by fire department that the occupants are not in danger.

Do not remove or disable detectors. Deliberate triggering of false fire alarms and tampering with apartment or building fire safety equipment are more than a nuisance; they are subject to criminal penalties under Massachusetts law.

All detectors and alarm systems are checked and maintained during annual fire safety inspections. Fire alarm testing can be loud and invasive. We make every effort to take academic activity into account when scheduling testing and to provide advance notification to residents. Please contact the Property Management Office for more information.


The entire Harvard University Housing portfolio is smoke-free. Therefore, smoking is prohibited within all resident rooms, apartments, on apartment balconies/patios, near building entrances and exits, on all exterior premises, and in all common areas within any HUH building, including common rooms, hallways, stairways, elevators, laundry rooms, and in any other designated nonsmoking area. Smoking means the combustion and inhalation from any cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other device or method.


Units are equipped with sprinklers. The sprinkler head will be activated at temperatures of 165°F and above.

Sprinkler systems that are not recessed are very sensitive and can be activated if they are banged or pulled. Please do not hang anything from sprinklers or sprinkler pipes and refrain from stacking items close to them (a minimum of 18” of clearance underneath the sprinkler is required). Residents are responsible for damages caused by activation due to improper use.