Health & Safety

San Diego, CA
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: many resources. safe camps, secluded on hill

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel very safe on campus, especially walking back to my dorm alone. I do have issue with some areas of campus that are less lit than others (i.e. the walk back to the Vistas, some parts walking to Manchester, near Olin/Manchester Conference Center).

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at USD. It is on a hill and they have those emergency buttons you can push and someone will be right there. The health center is available right on campus, but it is more like a clinic than an actual doctor.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security is available at all hours on campus, but their response to non-emergencies could be better.

College Junior

Health & Safety: As I just transferred into the school last semester, I don't know enough about the health and safety program to give it a fair review. However, from what I have seen, the campus police do a good job of making me feel safe and secure on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 78th
    Safest Campuses
  • 796th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1237th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Palka
Thousand Oaks, CA
English and Theology
Grad Year
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Public Safety (known as "P-Safe") is constantly present on campus, creating a safe environment. The officers are often parked around the dorms or drive around the residential areas, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, to make sure everything is in order. This keeps suspicious people and activities off campus. However, some students say they feel like they are constantly being watched and aren't given enough freedom on weekends. Most P-Safe incidents involve public intoxication, and all incidents are reported in the school newspaper, The Vista. Additionally, when there are incidents of theft on campus, P-Safe will email and post fliers alerting students and faculty, advising them to lock their cars and dorm room windows. Many thefts are crimes of opportunity, so if you keep all of your valuables out of sight and locked up, they should be safe.

The Student Health Center provides most services to students free of charge. The health center staff provides general examinations, immunizations, and other medical services, and you can pay for antibiotics and any other fees with Campus Cash. Because USD is a Catholic school, though, condoms are not available on campus. However, there are convenience stores and pharmacies nearby where birth control is easily accessible.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 55
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 6
  • Vehicle Theft: 9
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Hughes Center, Room 151
(619) 260-7777 (emergencies); (619) 260-2241 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Anonymous crime reporting
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Campus tram
  • College Cab
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Crime alerts
  • Escort services
  • Rape defense classes
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Week
Health Center
Student Health Center
Camino Hall 161
(619) 260-4595
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours care
  • Allergy injections
  • Basic medical services
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • Pregnancy tests
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 67 responses

  • 29% None
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 67 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 40% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 1% Not very visible.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 43% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 40% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 35% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 59% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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