Mayor Martin J. Walsh said today the leaders of Boston’s largest universities have largely agreed to disclose the addresses of their off-campus students — a long-resisted step that he called critical to combat chronic overcrowded conditions that he said imperils their safety.
“They don’t see a problem with it,’’ Walsh said after emerging from an hour-long meeting with more than two dozen college officials. “Not one college pushed back.’’
The mayor met with the representatives of Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Suffolk University and several other city colleges at the Parkman House, the city-owned mansion on Beacon Hill.
Walsh had said that if he met with resistance from university leaders he would explore legislative action to force disclosure of off-campus addresses through a city ordinance, a measure he said needed to protect the health and safety of tens of thousands of university students.
But the mayor said he heard no objections from any college official, several of whom pledged speedy compliance.
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