Health & Safety

Medford, MA
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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health services is horrific. I know many people who have been misdiagnosed or denied medication that wound up later being absolutely necessary which is strange for a campus with such a strong pre-med focus. There were a lot of concerns this year with the sexual assault policy at Tufts, but even as a freshman girl I never felt unsafe. Crime is low.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Public safety here is great. Our police department is very helpful and always there to help you. Our health services also provide a great resource for all students on campus.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: As a girl, I feel pretty safe. The police have comforting a presence (but also let us have fun). Tufts is a lot safer than the rankings may make it out to be, but that's only because they report ALL the crime in the surrounding area, and because we have the medical school in Chinatown.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe basically all the time. Health services is useless and basically always gives advil and other stupid medicine that is useless.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never feel unsafe walking around campus. That being said, there have been incidents on/near campus of break-ins, assaults, flashings, etc.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 114th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 858th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 967th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Cote
Ipswich, MA
International Relations
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Tufts has gone to incredible lengths to make students feel safe on campus. With safety services like Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS), police escorts, and a strong police presence, students feel safe walking around the well-monitored, well-lit campus, even at night. Don’t let the “you can’t spell stupid without TUPD” jokes fool you—TUPD officers are always around campus and are willing to help out in any way they can. Every year, there are a few assaults, robberies, and hate crimes, but rarely are they committed by Tufts students or members of the Tufts community.

There are blue-light safety phones all over campus, and Tufts also has a fire department and an emergency medical service on hand. Every dorm has its own unique key, and the ResLife office is currently phasing in infrared electronic keys for added security. Above all else, “townies” present the biggest threat around the Tufts area, and even this isn’t worth getting your panties in a bunch. Many townies are friendly and show respect toward Tufts students, but students may encounter a curmudgeon every once in a while.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 43
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 8
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police
First floor of parking garage, 419 Boston Ave.
(617) 627-6911 (emergency); (617) 627-3030 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols
  • Blue-light phones
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Operation Identification
  • Panic buttons
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Security lighting
Health Center
Health Service
124 Professors Row
(617) 627-3350
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (second and fourth Thursdays of each month it opens at 10 a.m.), Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and health education
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Birth control
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Massage therapy
  • Pharmacy services
  • Psychiatry
  • Referrals
  • STD testing
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The most common offense on campus, other than drug and liquor violations, is burglary. In 1997, Tufts won the Jean Cleary Safe Campus Award, given annually to colleges and universities that have demonstrated leadership in improving campus safety.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 33 responses

  • 22% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Non-students on campus
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 14% None
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 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 32 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 59% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 69% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 70% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 27% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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