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Pedestrian Safety

The safety of Smith College students is of great importance. It is crucial to take care when moving, both on and off campus, as a pedestrian.


Whether or not a pedestrian has the right of way or is crossing with a walk signal, it is still important to look carefully in all directions. Never assume a driver sees you or knows the rules. Do not walk and text at the same time; this can inhibit your ability to pay attention to the surroundings. Be alert at all crosswalks.


Take a friend, wear light-colored clothing and face traffic.


In addition to being hazardous, hitchhiking is forbidden by Northampton city ordinance.

Carry a cell phone

In order to report an emergency promptly from your cell phone, program the Department of Campus Safety phone number into your phone: 413-585-5555.

Updated July 2023