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2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Drinking is a constant problem at a school that has so much going on socially. Other than that, I would say I trust most students but there have been lots of reports of off-campus home robberies and gang-related violence coming from the city of Syracuse.

I addition, the campus recently dissolved it's center specifically for sexual assault and abuse counseling, which did not sit well with students at all.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The police and campus DPS are doing and incredible job in helping the students get around town without the fear of the local crime in the Syracuse area. The blue light system works wonders in the event of an emergency. Personal walking escorts are also very common around campus. As far as sexual assault is concerned, it isn't a common thing around campus, but it can happen sometimes if you are not careful. There is a fraternity house that people tend to avoid due to the amount of date-rapes that occur. Needless to say, people around here are street smart when it comes to partying.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are plenty of crimes on and around campus, especially considering the fact that the University is directly situated in the middle of a big city. Hate crimes and vandalism are relatively common, but not overly threatening. Personal safety is always addressed; for example, one of the first things I learned at orientation was to never ever ever walk on campus alone at night. I've done it a few times out of necessity and nothing has happened, but I know that not everyone is so lucky. The Department of Public Safety is usually pretty present, but I've never seen them do much aside from bust up parties. They have an escort service so you don't have to walk alone at night, but they usually have a major attitude about providing it, and it makes students hesitant to call. If they weren't so rude about providing this service they advertise, then maybe campus would be safer. I feel pretty safe on campus, but sometimes things happen that make me worry.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On my schools campus I feel relatively safe walking from one end to the other. However, once I come close to the ends of campus it can be dangerous and feel unsafe. Although we do have security in all buildings and around campus trying to keep the student body as safe as possible.


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  • 965th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1122nd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1343rd
    Safest Campuses

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Marshal Yong
New York City
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The area around the Syracuse campus is not the safest at night. Armed robberies that occur on the outskirts of campus are reported almost bi-weekly. Still, the frequency of these instances is on the decline, as SU takes steps to remedy the situation. Recently, the Public Safety Officers on campus have been converted to “peace officers.” Still, if you do not walk alone after dark on a few notorious streets, you should stay unharmed during your four years at school. In other words, just use common sense.

One major note-the city Syracuse displays a strong dissemblance to the campus of Syracuse when discussing safety and security. Although some robberies occur on the outskirts of SU, more serous crimes like shootings, burglaries, and gang activity occur mostly in the inner city. Just don’t venture to that part of the city, especially not alone. Despite the fact that Syracuse is surrounded by a fairly rural area of Central New York, it still is a city with high crime rates. Just be careful, but don’t get overly stressed.


Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Sims Hall
(315) 443-2224
Safety Services
  • Access to recent crime logs
  • Bicycle registration
  • Blue-light phones
  • Campus alerts
  • Fingerprint service
  • Guest registration
  • Investigations
  • Neighborhood patrol
  • Orange Watch
  • Presentations
  • Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D)
  • Security Tracking of Office Property (STOP)
  • Shuttle-U-Home
  • Walking escorts
Health Center
Syracuse University Health Services
111 Waverly Ave.
(315) 443-2666 711 or (315) 443-4299 for emergencies
Monday-Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Ambulatory care services
  • Health education and wellness promotion
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Office visits
  • Pharmacy
  • Public health monitoring and oversight
  • SU Medical Transport Services (MTS)
  • Syracuse University Ambulance (SUA)
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Many of the SU ambulance employees are SU students themselves.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 124 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Gang violence
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% None
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 123 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 33% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 123 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 51% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 34% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 123 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 28% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 59% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 11% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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