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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There were many thefts of laptops and personal belongings from dorm rooms, which made me paranoid about leaving my computer out and the door open. Oxy has been gaining a reputation for the sexual assault cases, but we are making strides to improve the situation. Our dances have been banned because of the number of alcohol poisoning/sending students to the hospital, and everyone is upset about it.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It feels very safe on-campus. The area outside of campus is not as nice, but you'll be okay if you don't wander out alone at night.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: People here make a big stink about sexual assaults on campus, but in reality it's not any worse than any other college. It sucks and it shouldn't, but these things do happen.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The Emmons Health Center is one of the best health centers for mental health issues. They offer compassionate people who really made a difference in saving my life. Although I ultimately transferred, I think about them all of the time, because of how deeply they cared.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus feels very safe, even at night. If you ever feel unsafe, you can always call campus security, and they will drive you anywhere on campus or within a few miles of campus. Off campus can feel a little bit sketchy at night, but if you are smart and travel with a group (or call campus security if you want to), its fine.

Emmons is helpful for quick fixes, and counseling, and can give you references to more capable facilities for other things.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 251st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 751st
    Safest Campuses
  • 1259th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

While no campus is 100 percent crime-free, Occidental certainly feels safe and has no major problems with crime or safety. The only complaints that arise come from students who wish that their calls could be responded to sooner. Because of the small size of the school, Campus Safety is able to field fewer officers, which allows for a greater personal relationship and a greater feeling of community on campus, which in turn leads most students to feel even safer amongst one another.

This feeling of community is extremely positive, although quite a few expressed that it made it harder to get away with policy violations as well. Students have to remember that safety also starts with them. Make intelligent decisions, and always be aware of your surroundings. When you are out and about, travel with a friend-this is not only for girls, but for guys, too. It must be emphasized that crime still happens at Occidental. There are occasions of break-ins, and items such as backpacks and laptops get stolen, so always keep an eye on your valuables and never let anyone into the residence halls that you don't know. While Oxy does have a relatively low number of rape cases, even one is too many, and the school has recently enacted a more stringent rape policy and has put into place many programs such as Project SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment) to combat the issue. Many students had complaints about the health services staff, but they felt that the services offered were satisfactory. Usual complaints were listed as long waiting times, problems with getting the desired care for illnesses, or issues that were anything beyond the common college health issues.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 8
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Facilities Management Building
1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 259-2511 (emergencies) (323) 259-2599 (non-emergencies) (323) 259-2598 (director of campus safety)
Safety Services
  • Assisting with lockouts
  • Building and floor monitors
  • Car jump-starts
  • Disaster preparedness, search and resuce
  • Earthquake drills scheduled regularly
  • Emergency generators
  • Emergency phones
  • Incident report form
  • Investigation of crime incidents
  • Late-night escort service
  • Lost and found
  • Residence Life staff emergeny-response training
  • Transport of sick students 24 hours a day
  • Vehicle accident reports
  • Water, food and gasoline emergency supplies
Health Center
Emmons Health Center
1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 259-2657 for appointments
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., but closed for a one-hour lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.
Health Services
  • Clinical laboratory services
  • Confidential STD and HIV testing
  • Depression and eating disorder screenings
  • The Health Center provides taxi vouchers to "pay" Yellow Cab drivers to take you to off-campus medical or counseling appointments. You pay nothing out-of-pocket, and your student account is charged for the cost of the taxi after the voucher is used.
  • Outpatient diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses
  • Over-the-counter and some prescription medications
  • Participation in groups (women, eating and body issues, relationships, drugs and alcohol, depression)
  • Psychiatric referral
  • Referrals to community services for alcohol, drug, and other addictions, as well as a variety of mental health or personal problems
  • Short-term individual, couple, or family counseling (five free visits per school year, $30 fee for additional visits)
  • Sports physicals
  • Student Health Insurance Plans, provided through United Healthcare, are offered to all full-time students
  •, an online, confidential and anonymous resource center for mental illness and suicide prevention.
  • Women's health (gynecological care, pregnancy tests, birth control)
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Oxy has a partnership with the nearby Huntington Memorial Hospital to provide after-hours and emergency care for students.
  • Students at Occidental have worked to create and implement a much stricter rape policy for the campus.
  • The Emmons Health Center has the PASS (Promoting Awareness of Substances and Sexuality) program that educates and provides counseling and referral in the areas of sexuality, STD/HIV, family planning, and alcohol and drug use to Occidental students. PASS activities take place in a variety of settings including the residence halls, Greek houses, on the quad, and other places across campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 14 responses

  • 21% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% None
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 13% Not very visible.
  • 20% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 13% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 40% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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