Health & Safety

Boston, MA
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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: As an undergraduate I felt safe on campus and I know there were counseling centers if any problem arose along with student organizations fighting for a safer and better camps

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I love our public safety team. Though there has been a high turn-over rate, the officers make themselves visible in daily rounds on both campuses. Response to emergency and non-emergency calls are handled quickly and effectively.

They have responded to at leas two emergency calls regarding students having seizures and they have responded in less than 5 minutes. The chief officer sends out campus wide notifications (through e-mail and text) regarding any robberies, unsafe situations (between strangers and students) and security measures set in place for Red Sox games or other instances (such as last year's bombing).

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus feels safe and secure, with it being well lit.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe staying on campus, but often I see security playing games or falling asleep and I get worry-although I understand that they must be really tired. However overall, it is a safe environment that I live and study in; maybe some improvements can be made.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe and can go to the health center if I ever feel like I might be getting sick.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 85th
    Safest Campuses
  • 206th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1146th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Krista Evans
Florence, AL
Political Science/International Relations
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It would seem that in such an urban environment, the campus would have more security measures, but students generally are comfortable with the precautions taken. The flexibility of Simmons’s policies is generally appreciated by students who feel like an adult and not like they are still under their parents’ watchful eyes. Within the iron gates of the Residence Campus, students generally feel a strong sense of security. Each night, the security staff locks the entrance gates to the quad, and they are also closed during Red Sox home games. Students and their guests are then required to enter through Simmons Hall, and entrance is available only through swiping an ID card.

The Academic Campus is only two blocks away, and resident students walk the Fens to and from class confidently—the only thing that poses any threat is weaving between cars across Boylston. After dark, an escort service is provided for students for the walk over. On-campus security personnel patrol the residence buildings and the Main Campus Building. Two police officers dedicated to the College with a support staff of unarmed officers. There is much debate over the people in these positions because many of them are Northeastern students filling co-ops. As an added measure, students are given the option of withholding their phone number, which provides anonymity and additional safety, not to mention protection from prank phone calls.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 1
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Main College Building Room E-008
(617) 521-1111 (emergency); (617) 521-1112 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Crime bulletins and alerts
  • Fingerprinting
  • Investigations
  • Motor vehicle assistance
  • Operation Identification
  • RAD (women's self-defense classes)
  • Walking escorts
Health Center
Health Center
94 Pilgrim Road
(617) 521-1002
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Contraception
  • Diagnosis and treatment of illness and injuries
  • Emergency contraception
  • Immunizations
  • Management of chronic diseases
  • Physical exams
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Sports medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Simmons subscribes to CareCall, an independent emergency notification provider. CareCall provides information to doctors and nurses in emergency situations and notifies your emergency contacts as well.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 24 responses

  • 22% None
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Gang violence
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Excessive drinking
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 39% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 48% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 70% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 30% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 33% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 67% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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