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.