Health & Safety

Worcester, MA
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe on campus. I think the school is doing everything they can to keep us the safest possible. The only reason i don't give it five is because things do happen. We are an open campus in the middle of the worst pat of a big city. Things are bound to go wrong sometimes.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Worcester is rough but Clark is pretty safe

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health and Safety on campus is okay. Clark is in Worcester, which is not the safest cities. One just has to be smart when going out (either alone or in a group).

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: A program we have is called Clark Escort Service where you can call their number and they'll drive you anywhere within a half mile of campus. Every student uses it as a way to safely navigate Worcester.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Police do a good job keeping students safe. Drugs and alcohol are somewhat regulated but not really. There is a lot of effort put towards educating the students about drug, alcohol, and sexual safety, and there are many resources for us to turn to for help.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 747th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1303rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1327th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Angela Wu
Bellevue, WA
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Due to robberies around the area, the Worcester Police Department has dedicated a 14-person task force to the Clark area. But despite its poor location, Clark maintains an open campus, which means no fences, no security desks in dorms, and no parking garage attendant. Clark does have a swipe card system, on-foot and vehicle patrols, and closed-circuit cameras in the parking garage, and these small measures seem to keep the campus population feeling safe. Crime does take place on campus, but it is mainly vandalism and thefts that can be more logically attributed to Clarkies themselves instead of any outside threat. Walking to and from parties or really late at night is usually done in groups without much issue or complaint. The general feeling of students is that the campus itself is very safe, while the immediate area is only slightly dangerous and can be easily navigated with few precautions. For those who decide they would like some extra protection, emergency call-boxes line all the campus paths, and the escort van will drive you anywhere you want within a quarter mile.

As for the dorm security and police presence, students do not consider the campus police to be excessively apparent. However, they aren’t considered invisible enough to escape student gripes. Campus police should be looked out for whenever you are attempting something you probably shouldn't be doing. On the other hand, they never seem to be around when vandals are smashing vending machines and stealing the contents, which seems to happen at least once a month.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 8
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Clark University Police Department
Bullock Hall
(508) 793-7575 (508) 793-7777 (escort service)
Safety Services
  • (RAD) Rape Aggression Defense program
  • 24-hour patrol (foot, vehicle)
  • Emergency phones
  • Student Escort service
Health Center
Clark University Health Service
501 Park Ave., Worcester
(508) 793-7467
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Contraceptive counseling and gynecological services
  • Desensitization (allergy injections)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute and sub-acute episodic illnesses and injuries
  • Diagnostic laboratory testing
  • Eating disorders and nutrition counseling
  • HIV/AIDS education
  • Immunization to prevent diseases
  • Ongoing and follow-up care of pre-existing chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, colitis
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) health education
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sports medicine
  • Stress reduction
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Clark's police department is not merely a team of rent-a-cops employed by the school, but they are, in fact, real City of Worcester Police officers.
  • University Police is on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 24 responses

  • 27% Criminal activity near campus
  • 22% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Gang violence
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% None
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 48% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 9% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 74% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 42% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 42% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 12% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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