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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: You can always get an escort from campus home, which made me feel very safe. I rated the "sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus" not because it happens often, but because if it happens once I think it is a serious problem. The school has done a great job with demonstrating how they don't take it lightly and how it is safe to speak up if something has happened.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: The safety on campus itself is good, but the safety on the outskirts of campus and in Spokane is unsafe and not good at all.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Gonzaga does have fairly good campus security. You will always see the security cars driving around and they are really helpful when you need them. The only thing that really concerns me is their control of non-students on campus. It just seems like anyone can wander into any of the buildings anytime they feel like it.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There has been a few crimes on campus but they seem to let us know about it. Overall I feel safe here.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: quite expensive and they have to refer you to even more expensive outside healthcare professionals most of the time


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 879th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 934th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1148th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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The Gonzaga campus is fairly quiet because it has almost no outside traffic. Surrounded by heavily student-populated neighborhoods, one rarely sees anyone on campus who isn't a part of the University. Campus Security patrols around the clock, and there are many blue-light emergency phones around. Theft, bikes in particular, is the preeminent crime. Unless you have a sturdy U-lock for your bike, there's a chance of being robbed blind when you turn your back. That being said, the dorms are always locked, and break-ins are rare.

Off campus, students have to fend for themselves. Campus Security is not a major presence in the Logan neighborhood. The farther from campus, the more questionable the area. Another frequent complaint is that Campus Security and Student Life are woefully inadequate and insensitive in cases of sexual assault. The burden of proof is on the victim, and the alleged attackers are generally given the benefit of the doubt. Gonzaga seems hesitant to expel students—be it for sexual assault, violent behavior, or drug-related activities. But is Gonzaga markedly worse than any other university? Probably not. The bottom line is: Be smart. Don't walk alone late at night off campus (especially girls), and don't expect your belongings to be safe from theft on campus, either.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 28
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 11
Security Office
Campus Security
Welch Hall, lower level
(509) 329-3222
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Bicycle registration
  • Blue-light phones
  • Escort service
  • Silent Witness
  • Work with Spokane Police Department
Health Center
Student Health Center
704 E. Sharp Ave.
(509) 313-4052
Monday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Wednesday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Acute illnesses and minor injuries
  • Consultation by registered nurses
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Health education
  • Immunizations
  • Referral to specialists
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 43 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 18% Walking alone
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% None
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Drugs
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 42 responses

  • 31% High quality, very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 26% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 42% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 30% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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