Health & Safety

Slippery Rock, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$12,146 ($8,748)
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe but will not walk alone at night

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Not to say we go free of crime or violence but the campus provides round the clock security as well as emergency buttons throughout the campus. The dorms are secure and on average the people are safe.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have only heard of criminal events happening on campus and have never witnessed anything. For the most part, the only police activity that I have witnessed is parking tickets/ towing. During the day I see them driving around and patrolling.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus police are only there to give out parking tickets, but you never see them. The heath center is nice and gives good service, but the wait is usually really long. Also, the parking by the health center is bad, so if you are a commuter student or if you're driving a really sick friend over, be ready to not find parking or have to still park far away and walk.

Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I am a distance education student.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 734th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 841st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1021st
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liz Rekowski
Pittsburgh, PA
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With swarms of police buzzing down Kiester Road and infiltrating campus, security is pretty tight on and off campus. Every residence hall is on lockdown with ID access, locked doors sealing every stairway, video surveillance, and on-site University staff. One may say that all of these measures are excessive, but it keeps the crime rate here extremely low. Of course, there are quite a few liquor law violations and the occasional incidents of minor theft. With more than 8,000 students coming and going on campus each day, some crime is expected—and the campus and local police are ready for it.

Though most students feel safe and consider crime here nonexistent, some female students feel insecure walking alone at night. Some areas of campus are darker and more secluded than others, and it is important that students take precautions. If you park your car on campus, avoid storing valuables like CDs or money there because distant parking lots, like East Lake, are hot spots for theft. Though Slippery Rock is a friendly town where it is easy to trust everyone you meet, you must remember that crime can happen anywhere, even in this peaceful, nestled little villa. So, avoid walking alone at night, lock your doors, always be aware, and use common sense. The same rules would apply anywhere, really.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 9
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police Department
145 Kiester Rd.
3333 (on campus); (724) 738-3333
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access (key, security card)
  • Late-night transport service
  • Lighted pathways/sidewalks
  • Student patrols
Health Center
McLachlan Student Health Center
1 Morrow Way, Rhoads Hall
(724) 738-2052
Daily 24 hours
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Immunizations
  • Minor injury care
  • Physical examination services
  • Preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative services
  • STD testing
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 54 responses

  • 21% None
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Violence among students
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Drugs
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 6% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 40% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 40% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 51% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 66% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 26% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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