Health & Safety

Riverside, CA
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$35,838 ($12,960)
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: security helps, health center is unfriendly

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Safety is a huge concern for me. Luckily UCR has a lot of workers that are hired to ensure my safety. My biggest concern is however, the lack of lighting at night. While on the way to the dorms after a night lab many of the lights near the campus store tend to turn off, luckily I always walk with a buddy or else I would be running home almost everyday. Other than that I don't really have any problems with safety.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Cheap Health Insurance!

On campus you feel very safe, very pretty friendly campus

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I wound recommend walking in a group at night, because I've heard of some terrible things happening when you're alone.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The police had a noticeable presence on campus due to their station.


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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
Day Care Services?
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 102 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Gang violence
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 4% None
  • 3% 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 101 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 32% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 44% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 101 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 102 responses

  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 32% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 20% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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