Health & Safety

Location
Richmond, VA
Undergrads
20,010
Tuition (in-state)
$23,913 ($9,886)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: VCU is located in the middle of Richmond. The most typical crime that occurs is robbery or assault. The school has VCU police along with police with the city of Richmond. It's not an enclosed campus, making it difficult to differentiate students and faculty from others.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are occasionally sexual assault occurences, but VCU is a pretty safe school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: As with any big city crime is an issue but on campus students are pretty safe.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: School is serious about health and safety.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Myself nor friends have ever had a problem with health services. Appointments are easily made and are almost always conveniently available and its a quick process.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1375th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1382nd
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Carrie Lefler
Major
Communications
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While living in Richmond, students learn to become more aware of their surroundings, whether they are on campus or somewhere else in the city. VCU works hard to take the necessary precautions to ensure students' safety on campus and around the local area. There are emergency call-box stations with blinking lights, located throughout campus and in parking decks, that connect directly with VCU Police. There is also an on-campus security escort service available daily from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Dorm security may seem like a pain to residents, but it is arguably one of the best dorm security systems in the state. A resident of a dorm must swipe and present his valid VCU ID to be admitted into their dorm. All guests must be signed in and give security a valid photo ID. These strict measures prevent strangers from coming into and leaving dorms as they please. 

IVCU also implements sirens and an emergency text-messaging system. Students and parents are able to register their numbers with the system so that they will receive constant contact through their cell phones during an emergency. The VCU police force is staffed with hourly and full-time personnel in addition to its sworn officers. Campus crimes are not typically major crimes, with vandalism and theft the most prevalent on and around campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 46
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
VCU Police Department
938 W. Grace St.
(804) 828-1234 (emergency) (804) 828-1196 (non-emergency)
www.police.vcu.edu
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Building security
  • Escort service
  • Fingerprinting
  • Lost and Found
  • Property checks
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training
Health Center
University Student Health Services
1300 W. Broad St. Suite 2200
(804) 828-8828
www.students.vcu.edu/health
Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • ADHD screenings
  • Allergy shots
  • Contraceptives
  • Emergency care
  • Free flu vaccine
  • Immunizations
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medicines
  • Primary care
  • Women's health services
Day Care Services?
Yes

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 144 responses

  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Gang violence
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% None
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 14 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 144 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 61% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 144 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 41% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 49% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 144 responses

  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 40% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 8% Extremely safe and secure on campus.

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