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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's getting better. After two of my good friends decided to sue the school for its mishandling of their sexual assault cases, the school is undergoing a federal and internal investigation of how sexual assault is handled on campus and how the problems with the system can be fixed.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I personally don't feel like the campus is as secure as it could be. Part of that is the buildings are all quite old and need updates to be safer, especially in the downtown area of Boston. There have been a streak of gas leaks in some of the older buildings which is quite terrifying.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus crime is relatively low, usually just a few laptop thefts from students in more public spaces of campus (or at the next to campus coffee shops). There is heavy security in place to enter dormitories. ECPD is pretty great, friendly and approachable. Sexual assault rarely happens on campus - usually occurs at MIT parties and other college's on campus parties. I feel very safe on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security is fine and I feel safe on campus. I never feel like I need to seriously watch my back.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus safety is usually on their game and they're always sending emails about what's going on in the area. However, if you're sick don't plan to hear back from health and wellness until well after you've gotten better.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 709th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 828th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1131st
    Best Student Health Center

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Vanessa Willoughby
Waterford, CT
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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Despite the fact that Emerson is located in the heart of a city, the campus is quite safe. Emerson Police are visible on campus and respond quickly to complaints and emergencies. Of course, students should be aware of their surroundings, especially at night, and take care when walking through the park after dark.

Dorms are secure with sign-in procedures in operation 24 hours a day. Students must swipe their IDs before accessing residence floors, and all guests must be signed in and out. The dorms’ front desks are usually staffed by students who keep evil-doers and miscreants out. Some residents even complain that desk-sitters give them too hard of a time when they want to sign in guests, which annoys some and makes other students feel safer. The rumor that Emerson security guards often doze when they should be working may be true, but doors are always locked overnight to keep out anyone who doesn’t belong in an Emerson building—of course, this also includes students who lose their keys, so don’t forget them when heading out late at night. Though the campus is relatively safe from non-Emerson mischief-makers, crime does occasionally take place. Keeping yourself safe and your belongings secure usually doesn’t take much more than using your common sense.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 10
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
(617) 824-8888 (emergencies); (617) 824-8555 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Acquaintance-rape and sexual assault avoidance programs
  • Controlled residence hall access
  • Emergency evacuation plans
  • Emergency notification system
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Operation Identification
Health Center
Center for Health and Wellness
216 Tremont St., Third Floor, Room 303
(617) 824-8666
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5p.m.
Health Services
  • General medical services
  • Immunization clinics
  • Nutrition
  • STD testing and counseling
  • Wellness education programs
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Emerson offers a walking escort service for students from 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for anyone who wants an escort when walking between any on-campus buildings or to or from local T stations.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 31 responses

  • 25% Criminal activity near campus
  • 20% Walking alone
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 12% None
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 6 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 31 responses

  • 32% High quality, very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 28% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 3% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 16% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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