Health & Safety

Riverside, CA
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$35,838 ($12,960)
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus has implemented the campus escort system and the shuttle to take people home which makes the campus feel safer.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There is a police station across the street from campus. We provide escorts from 7pm to 10pm. After, if available, police escorts are available to walk you to either your car or dorm room.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UC Police take great precautions and warnings after or during crime related activities or when something bad occurs. We get emails woth warnings and precautions to take and there often many signs around campus. I feel very safe on campus especially with the escort service, the point to point van shuttles, and the student centers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I think compared to my freshman year there in 2006, they have moved towards making sure the campus is safe for all. They have those pick up service for people when they feel unsafe at night.

1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We go to a commuter school so I get why they don't spend a lot of money on our safety. Campus is eerily empty past 6 when students take a mass exodus back home. Riverside has a high crime rate and the school really could do more. We had two attempted abductions, but like no security cameras caught the guys doing it. They're fast about telling you about crimes, but they really don't do much.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 354th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 863rd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1356th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Grad Year
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The security and police officers peppered all over campus make UCR students feel safe and secure. The farther away from UCR, the less safe it becomes, especially certain spots of downtown Riverside. Students are encouraged to travel in groups, both on and off campus. The Campus Safety Escort Service periodically leads “safety walks” that indicate safe areas in which to walk at night and also those that need improvement. Personal escorts are available for anyone who needs them, and virtually at any time, thanks to the emergency call-boxes (ECBs) strategically placed around UCR. Some ECBs contact only the escort service, but blue emergency lines with “call buttons” connect directly to the on-campus police department. Most of this concern is directed toward nighttime activity, but no matter the time of day or week, security measures are ever-present and of top quality.

The health center is a bit off the beaten path, as it's located away from the main classrooms; fortunately, the services it offers are anything but second-rate. Traveling, women's health, and preventive care information is available, and the medical services include those of the dental, optical, pharmaceutical, and laboratory variety. Flu shots are even offered during term, as well as counselors for mental health. The fees are reasonable, though those enrolled in a student health insurance plan have services rendered at either free or discounted amounts.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 6
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 51
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 13
Security Office
UCPD Riverside
3500 Canyon Crest Drive
(951) 827-5222
Safety Services
  • Campus emergency notification system
  • Campus Safety Escort Service
  • Crime prevention and residential safeguards (offering a "Responding to a Crisis Situation" class and publicizing incidents of criminal activity within the campus community)
  • Emergency call-boxes (ECBs)
  • UCR's Police Department (University Neighborhood Enhancement Team)
  • Women's Resource Center
Health Center
Campus Health Center
Veitch Student Center
(951) 827-3031
Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy management
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Dental care
  • Eye care
  • Health and wellness
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Physicals
  • Preventative exams
  • STD testing and treatment
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
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Did You Know?
  • The Campus Security crime report contains a summary of crimes reported on campus and in other designated areas during the past three calendar years. It also contains references to UC and local policies concerning criminal activity and security on campus. Printed copies are available upon request from the UCR police department.
  • The Campus Safety Escort Service is the only program of its kind across all of the UC campuses, as it is made up mostly of volunteers. It is a service run by students, for students.
  • UCR has one of the fastest running escort services across the UC system, as students generally wait for five minutes or less after calling in for an escort.
  • The Women's Resource Center sponsors periodic safety walks around campus, and this often leads to additional improvements such as lighting in dark places and self-defense classes.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 107 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Gang violence
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% None
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 5 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 106 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 42% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 106 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 60% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 107 responses

  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 33% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 19% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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