Marathon Monday 2017 Safety Message
The following reminders for Marathon Monday / Patriots' Day (April 17th) and the 121st running of the Boston Marathon were sent to Suffolk students. Please consider taking a moment to discuss safety and family expectations with your student as this exciting day approaches for the City of Boston.

Suffolk University will observe (no classes held) Patriots' Day / Marathon Monday on Monday, April 17th.  Residence Halls and the Suffolk University Police Department both remain open.
April 10, 2017

Re: Marathon Monday 2017 Safety Message 

Dear Students:
On Monday, April 17st, Boston will host the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. In conjunction with partners, both public and private, the Boston Police Department has developed a safety and security plan for the events to ensure both athletes and spectators who participate feel safe.  Marathon related activities are hosted all weekend long and the Boston Police Department has planned security measures for each. 

If you plan on attending the events, please remember:
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings. "If you see something, say something." 
  • We encourage spectators to call 9-1-1 in an emergency or if they see suspicious activity.
  • All public drinking, open containers and intoxication will not be tolerated.
  • Congregating on rooftops, fire escapes and porches is prohibited.
  • In this time of heightened security we appreciate you not bringing backpacks to the marathon.  These items are not banned however individuals may be subject to search.
  • It is recommended that you take the MBTA to travel due to the large volume of visitors who come in to the city. 
In addition,
  • Newbury Street and Huntington Avenue outbound will be closed to vehicular traffic to allow easier spectator movement in the area.
  • Vehicular traffic will also be prohibited on many streets in Boston on the days leading up to the Marathon. For information on street closures and parking restrictions please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get up to date information.  
It is our hope that everyone enjoys this year's Boston Marathon and celebrate in a safe and respectful manner.  The City of Boston takes pride in this event, and we ask that you to play a role in our effort to ensure that we are a shining example of good sportsmanship, pride and most of all resilience. 
William B. Evans
Police Commissioner