Health & Safety

Stony Brook, NY
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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I commute but I feel safe when I am there.

College Junior

Health & Safety: I live off campus, the dorms for graduate students are disgusting.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Suffix Police is always on duty and around campus

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There's a hospital across the street, which is wonderful

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I do not often feel unsafe on campus, even in the middle of the night alone. Camus police are very present and have a great response time. Twice a year a presentation is given on how to stay safe at school and I don't believe too many instances occur where students are hurt or even feel unsafe.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 175th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 947th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1171st
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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At 11 p.m., the gates on South Drive are locked and access by car is limited to the main entrance off of Nicolls Road. Drivers must stop at the guard booth and show a valid Stony Brook ID to get onto campus. However, this doesn’t prevent people from walking across the railroad tracks at the LIR station into the North P Lot, or any other way onto campus for that matter. At 2 a.m., when the Central Reading Room closes in the library, University Police cars are usually present and parked right outside the building. During finals week, the libraries stay open later, and officers are positioned at every entrance of each library. Students must both show their school ID and get their bags checked.

University Police are always seen driving all around campus at any time of day. Programs, like the RSP and University Police Personal Safety Ride Program, help students stay safe. By calling the escort service number, students walking alone at night can be accompanied to their destination. This is especially helpful when trekking from the Health Sciences Center to a place like the West Apartments. The lighting on campus is at times dim and disconcerting in certain areas. There are many blue-light phones clearly visible around campus that helps to diminish crime. The police presence is definitely felt around Stony Brook. The most crime actually occurs within residence halls, usually involving stolen laptops and iPods. However, with a little bit of common sense, like keeping your door locked at all times, not taking long walks by yourself in dimly lit areas at night, especially if intoxicated, the campus is a pretty safe place to be. The surrounding area of Stony Brook is quiet and quaint, small, and suburban. If there is a safe place to be, this is probably it.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 7
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 196
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 12
Security Office
University Police Department
(631) 632-3333 (emergencies) (631) 632-6350 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 40 blue-light phones
  • Rape Aggression Defense Program
  • Resident Safety Program
  • University Police Personal Safety Ride Program
  • Walk service
Health Center
Student Health Services
1 Stadium Road
(631) 632-6740
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Open Tuesday until 7:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Breast exams
  • Dermatology
  • General Medical Care
  • Gynecological exams
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy Testing and Counseling
  • STD screening and treatment
  • Travel Medicine
  • Vaccinations
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • According to FBI crime figures, New York City remains the safest big city in the United States.
  • The Chief of Stony Brook's Police Department is a 26-year veteran of the NYPD.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 94 responses

  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 14% None
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 93 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 27% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 47% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 94 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 94 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 20% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 55% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 23% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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