Health & Safety

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: They look like rental cops with no power but they are full fledged BPD officers (Which is surprising).

College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never visited but they are very cautious and caring for ill students.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Emerson's campus makes me feel safe because you will typically always see students walking down the street regardless of the hour. But stepping off campus makes me nervous at night. The key is to not look vulnerable, just look like you're about to punch the next person that makes eye contact in the face. The health center sucks. They're only open minimal hours and not at all on the weekends as if we're supposed to just put our sicknesses on hold until Monday. The doctors are extremely slow in seeing people too. Also, want a flu shot? If you're lucky! They only offer clinics once a month.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The thing that bothers me the most is not the homeless people who can sometimes be found on our sidewalk. It's the people smoking pot (it's one of my suitemates) who do it in the dorm but don't get in trouble. ... But one can be hopeful.

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: There are two desks attended by security guards that you have to go through/ For each one you have to tap in a registered id or else you can't go up, no exceptions


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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 29 responses

  • 25% Criminal activity near campus
  • 20% Walking alone
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 11% None
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students

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

  • 7% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 21% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 36% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 14% Not very visible.
  • 3% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 31% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 17% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 38% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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