Health & Safety

Washington, DC
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2 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Not that it was frequent, but it was not uncommon to smell weed wafting from a campus police van.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DPS is a great service and security guards in the dorms reinforces extra security.

1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This is off the most dangerous stop off the redline. More incidents here every year than at any other spot along the metro.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They are on campus but the nurses are very rude and they cant do much to help you when your sick anyways.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 807th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1269th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1291st
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Frankie Bustamante
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Northeast D.C. is not the safest locale, but it is not entirely dangerous—it's more of a "proceed with caution" area. The University's Department of Public Safety (DPS) has things more or less under control, but there is much room for improvement. It is true that in the past on-campus crime was more rampant. Obviously, it was nothing so horrible that it made the evening news, but car-jackings and armed robberies were all too common. Luckily, the campus has been safer since, with a stronger patrol car presence, additional emergency blue-lights and phones spread throughout campus, and DPS' text message alert system.

Still, many students complain that the officers stationed and on patrol in the middle of the night tend to be asleep and unresponsive when needed. Worst of all, students can recall times when they needed DPS presence, and the response was slow, dull, and unsupportive. So while DPS has been, in the larger picture, successful in lessening the on-campus crime rate over the past few years, students still do not feel completely safe due to DPS' questionable track record on response times and alertness.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 7
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 5
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
120 Leahy Hall
(202) 319-5111
Safety Services
  • Escort service
  • Locksmiths
  • Lost and found
  • Public safety assistants
  • Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD)
  • Shuttle and loop bus service
Health Center
Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center
620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, D.C.
(202) 319-5744
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Care for all routine medical illnesses and injuries
  • Evaluation and treatment of common illnesses
  • Gynecological care
  • Health promotion and education programs
  • Physical examinations
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Referrals
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 28 responses

  • 21% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Gang violence
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% None
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 28 responses

  • 14% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 11% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 43% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 25% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 21% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 43% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 29% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 46% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 25% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 25% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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