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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: During the day time it's generally very safe. After dark there are muggings that happen occasionally. Also, invest in a good bike lock because there are lock cutters.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are police officers stationed all over campus, all throughout the day and night. Sometimes if I'm walking alone and I don't see a police officer or car within eyeshot I will get a little bit anxious, but nothing bad has ever happened to me in those contexts. We have a SafeWalk program that a lot of people use where you can call a group of students to walk you to wherever you need to go, and those blue-light phone booth things are all over also. I generally feel safe on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As long as you stay on campus at night, you should be okay.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel fairly safe on campus. The university offers a number of safety measures which students can take advantage of: SafeRide, SafeWalk, etc.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's okay, but i don't have money in case of emergency


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 95th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 891st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1056th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Kim
Austin, TX
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Brown students receive an alert by e-mail every time there is a major crime committed on campus or the University perceives a specific safety threat. Recently, in response to a real and perceived increase in crime on and around campus, Brown increased the hours of campus police, hired security officers to patrol at night, and hired a private consulting firm to address the problems. The University tries very hard to inform the students about the status of crimes on campus and provides services to encourage smart and safe movement on campus at night. The shuttle runs on a route all the way around campus and comes about every five minutes until 3 a.m. The escort, who picks up and drops off students from off-campus housing to any location on campus, runs every night from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. Safe Walk is a student-run volunteer program that provides walking escorts for students every night. Students should feel safe, but not be naïve about the threats that do exist in cities and on College Hill.

The campus area has all the common security features. There are many blue-light phones and well-lit public areas, and the police presence is generally strong enough to deter crime. Most students seem to feel very safe on campus and will admit that things like theft happen when doors are carelessly left unlocked or valuables are left in public places. Still, many students choose to leave their laptops unattended in the libraries or never lock their dorm rooms.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 83
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 7
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
75 Charlesfield St.
(401) 863-3103
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Blue-light phones
  • Emergency e-mail notification
  • Operation ID Program
  • Rape Aggression Defense courses
  • Safe Walk escort program
  • safeRIDE shuttle
Health Center
Health Services
Andrews House
(401) 863-3953
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • 24-hour EMS response
  • 24-hour on-site nurse
  • Allergy testing
  • Birth control counseling
  • Dermatology clinic
  • Health education programs
  • Health forms for travel, employment, and school applications
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Pharmacy
  • Routine sports and travel physicals
  • STD screenings
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 38 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% None
  • 6% Drugs
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 27% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 62% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 3% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 34% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 16% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 55% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 29% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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