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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public Safety is here to help, they have very fast response times and safety is a comfort here

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are so many resources available to students that it's hard to not feel supported.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is great. Lots of services offered to meet students' needs.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel as though the crime is normal for a city university.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: USF had readily available public safety officers that would gladly give you rides home if you ever felt unsafe. They also sent out alerts and warnings via email if there was ever an incident that occurred on or around campus. However, living in a city such as San Francisco, there were a fair share of robberies that occurred late night around the perimeter of our campus.


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  • 340th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 649th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 917th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jiordan Castle
Huntington, New York
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
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Public Safety heavily influences campus life. Though some unpleasant incidents are a natural part of college, Public Safety does its absolute best to give the University and its students a safe, secure, and healthy environment in which to live. Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, and the campus shuttle and safety escorts are always available to bring students to and from Main Campus, Loyola Village, Pedro Arrupé, and many close locations, including nearby apartments, within close proximity to campus.

In the past, any burglaries on campus, in classrooms, or in the dorms, have been met with a quick response, mainly due to the emergency phones strategically placed around campus and the 24-hour safety line available to students. Whenever anything occurs on campus, word is always spread through the USFconnect system, either by email or a public announcement. Keeping USF students aware of campus security breaches is one of the ways in which Public Safety maintains a secure environment. ID checks are also required at the entrances of every on-campus residence hall, though people sometimes sneak in, in part because fellow students conduct the ID checks. If any underage student is caught drinking in the dorms, RAs will write a referral. However, if any student (regardless of age) is caught with drugs, Public Safety officers are called immediately to handle the situation.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 27
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
University Center, Room 310
(415) 422-4222
Safety Services
  • Campus shuttle
  • Crime log
  • Emergency phones
  • Emergency response
  • Parking enforcement
  • Regular safety drills
  • Safety presentations
  • Security escort service
  • USF alarms
Health Center
St. Mary's Medical Center
450 Stanyan St., 2 West (second floor)
(415) 750-4980
Monday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical care
  • Emergency room care
  • Health education
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Referrals
  • Smoking-cessation counseling
  • STD testing and treatment
  • Stress management
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 74 responses

  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 13% None
  • 10% Drugs
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 13 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 73 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 51% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 66% 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 74 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 12% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 36% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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