A lockdown is a temporary stop-and-go situation during which the campus is temporarily closed for the safety of campus workers, faculty, students, and visitors.
Most colleges and universities have a lockdown policy that allows students to return home for the rest of the week or until their academic and personal schedules allow them to return.
While some students may choose to return for a weekend, many others may need to take time off to recover.
Students should check their local and national media to see if there is a lockdown at their college or university.
Students are also advised to check with their professors and the Office of Academic Integrity for any updates on their campus lockdown.
Schools and universities across the country are working to help students and staff get back to work as quickly as possible.
Some schools and universities are offering free online classes and supplies.
Other schools are also offering free campus shuttle services and free overnight stays for students who want to stay overnight.
Some colleges and cities have increased security patrols around their campuses.
Many of the nation’s top universities, including the University of California, Berkeley, have already declared a lockdown.
More details on the lockdown can be found on this page.
The Boston University campus is in lockdown, and the campus will remain closed for more than a day until it reopens on September 22.
The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Boston University, and University of Southern California are in lockdowns for the week as well.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston’s oldest university, is in a lockdown for the weekend as well, and campus staff will be working in shifts to prepare.
The campus will reopen on Monday, September 23.
Boston University students will be allowed back to campus after the lockdown is lifted.
Other universities are also expected to have additional closures to help ease the impact of the lockdown.
Some students will have to wait until their work week ends before returning home.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, contact the National Emergency Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.