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Community Advisory: Sunday Events on Boston Common

Dear Members of the Emerson community,

Two opposing demonstrations are scheduled to take place on the Boston Common this Sunday, November 7, beginning at 11:30 a.m. These events, which we anticipate will end by late afternoon, could draw crowds to Boston Common. If you live on campus—or have plans to be on campus this Sunday afternoon, we encourage you to be aware of the situation, as traveling in or around Downtown Boston may be impacted.

Emerson College officials will maintain close contact with the City of Boston to coordinate our safety plans.  We will provide additional communication to the community over the weekend, if necessary.

Below are some important notes and notices for Sunday, November 7:

  • All campus buildings will be locked during the day on Sunday and building security staff will be stationed at each entryway.  Please show your Emerson ID to gain entrance. Additional ECPD officers will also be on duty at our buildings along Boylston and Tremont Streets and at Boylston Place.
  • Residence Halls and buildings (Paramount, Colonial, 2 Boylston Place, Piano Row, Little Building, 172 Tremont) will require students to “tap” in to gain access.
  • To access the Dining Center, please use the 25 Boylston Place entrance.  The entrance on Boylston Street will be closed after 11 am.
    • Normal Sunday brunch operations will begin at 9 am; we encourage students to have brunch before noon if possible.
  • The College’s retail tenants Tatte, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, and El Jefe’s Taqueria will have reduced hours on Sunday.
  • If you are scheduled to work on campus this Sunday, please contact your supervisor in advance to discuss any plans or adjustments that might be needed.  The MBTA is scheduled to operate transit services as normal, however there may be service interruptions based on events at the MBTA’s discretion.
  • It is important to note that additional measures might be taken depending on how the situation unfolds.  We will communicate important information either through Emerson Alerts, email, or with updates on the College website.

The College will provide more details over the weekend if the situation changes.

If you have not already done so, please verify your contact information and notification preferences in Emerson Alert by visiting, using your Emerson login.  Emergency information could be shared on Sunday using that system.

The wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff is our utmost priority.  If you have any concerns, contact the ECPD at (617) 824-8555.  In an emergency situation, call 911 or call the ECPD emergency line at (617) 824-8888.


Robert Smith, Chief
Emerson College Police Department

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