Campus Safety - Life at Colby - Colby College, Waterville, ME

Keeping the Colby campus safe and secure is our top priority

The Department of Security is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, working to make Colby safer and serve the Colby community.

If an Emergency occurs, contact Security using the blue emergency phones located throughout campus, including at the main doors of all residence halls, or call 207-859-5911.

The Department of Security works alongside the Dean of Students Office, Health Services, and the Waterville Police Department on Sexual Violence Response and Prevention procedures.

Contact Security


If an emergency occurs, contact Security using the blue emergency phones located throughout campus, including at the main doors of all residence halls, or call 207-859-5911.


The main Security Department number is for non-emergency calls such as escorts, vehicle registration, lost and found, lockouts when roommates or hall staff are unavailable, and questions about parking.

Get the Colby Safe app

Colby Safe is the official safety app of Colby College. It is the only app that integrates with Colby College’s safety and security systems. The Department of Security has worked to develop a unique app that provides students, faculty and staff with added safety on the Colby College campus. The app will send you important safety alerts and provide instant access to campus safety resources.

App features include: Emergency Contacts, Mobile Bluelight, Walk a Friend, Safety Toolbox, Notification History, Share Map with your Location, I’m OK!, Tip Reporting, Virtual WalkHome, Campus Map, Emergency Plans, Support Resources, Safety Notifications and more.

Colby Shuttle App

Get the Colby Shuttle app

Real-time GPS tracking application for the Colby College shuttle. Start tracking the shuttle right from your phone. The Colby Shuttle app lets you see your bus in real time. Search for a stop near you, set stop reminders, and get push notifications for important route updates.

Compatibility: iOS
iPhone: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. iPad: Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
iPod touch: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Mac: Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.

Compatibility: Android
Requires Android 4.4 and up


Emergency alerts

In the winter of 2007-08 Colby installed a siren and public address loudspeaker atop Mayflower Hill. If the siren sounds, seek a secure  safe location and await instructions (see below). Instructions may be broadcast over the public address loudspeaker.

Fire safety resources

Medical Emergencies

  • Do not move a seriously injured person unless there is a life-threatening situation.
  • Call Colby emergency ext. 5911.
  • Give your name, location, and telephone number. Give as much information as possible regarding the nature of the injury or illness, whether or not the victim is conscious, etc.
  • Do not hang up until directed to do so by the emergency operator.
  • Stay with the victim, administer first aid, and keep the victim as calm and comfortable as possible.
  • Remain with the victim until emergency responders arrive on the scene.

Active Shooter

Call Campus Security or Police 911 or 5911

  • Remain calm and answer the dispatcher’s questions. The dispatcher is trained to obtain the necessary information for the emergency responders.

  • If safe to do so try to obtain the following information: Height, weight, sex, race, clothing, and approximate age, direction of travel, and name if known. If the suspect enters a vehicle, note the license plate number and state, make, model, color, and any outstanding characteristics.

Note: An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active shooter incident as to whether to run to safety or remain in place. Best practices for an active shooter incident are listed below.

If Outside When A Shooting Occurs

  • Drop to the ground immediately, face down as flat as possible. If within 15 – 20 feet of a safe place or cover, duck and run for it.
  • Move or crawl away from gunfire, try to utilize any obstructions between you and the gunfire.
    When you reach a place of relative safety, stay down and do not move
  • Wait and listen for directions from Security and/or the Police.

If Suspect Is Outside Your Classroom/Office

  • Stay inside the classroom/office.
    If possible, close and lock the door.
  • Close the blinds, turn off the lights, remain quiet and move behind any available cover. Stay on the floor, away from doors and windows, spread out if others are in the room and do not peek out to see what may be happening.
  • If possible and safe to do so, report the location of the assailant via 911 or 5911.

If Suspect Is In Close Proximity

  • Lie motionless and pretend to be unconscious.
  • Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the suspect except for self protection. An individual must use his/her own discretion about when to engage a shooter for survival.

Contact Campus Security

Emergencies x5911

Non-emergencies x5530