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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They had us take a course about safety

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus, I don't mind walking alone at night, especially since we have the blue light system. But of course, I still stay aware and check my surroundings constantly.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Boston College has let someone suspended due to sexual assault live back on campus and has let another man get away with filming and distributing videos of women he's had sex with without their consent. BC talks big but doesn't do nearly enough.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a safe place to be, sometimes even too safe. But there are definitely people out there if you need a lending hand.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are so many options open to people who are victims of sexual assault. There also multiple training courses in how to spot possible assault cases and what to do in certain situations.

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All in all, Boston College is a safe place for students to go to school and hang out. During the first week of school, mandatory meetings give students the emergency and non-emergency information on locating and contacting the police. Incoming students are made aware of the potential dangers around them and are told about the best ways to avoid being victimized in any way. Also, police officers are always extremely friendly and helpful. Since it is such a safe environment, no one is ever too busy to tend to whatever small concern you might have. If something were to go wrong, they would come to your rescue immediately and do everything they could to help you.

Chestnut Hill is so safe that it's almost embarrassing. Not that nothing bad ever happens here, but it is extremely rare. In all likelihood, you'll never need to use the call boxes scattered around campus, but their presence radiates a constant feeling of security around the college grounds. The escort service is a wonderful addition to the safety on campus. Most students find it very reassuring that they can pick up a phone and have the school come pick them up. The BCPD always looks for ways to contribute to the students' feeling of well-being. When you leave campus, though, you should probably be a little more careful. Boston is a pretty safe city, but you do need to be a little more cautious.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 7
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 55
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 9
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
BC Bolice Department
Lower Campus Administration Building
(617) 552-4444 (emergencies); (617) 552-4440 (non-emergencies)
www.bc.edu/offices/bcpd
Safety Services
  • Crime prevention information
  • Eagle Escort service
  • Emergency blue-lights
  • RAD training
  • Victim's resource manual
Health Center
University Health Services
Cushing Hall
(617) 552-3225
www.bc.edu/offices/uhs
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Immunizations
  • Inpatient unit
  • Nutrition clinic
  • Orthopedic services
  • Routine physical examinations
  • Skin clinic
  • Some on-site pharmaceuticals
  • STD testing
  • Women's health clinic
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
The Boston College Police Department (BCPD) officers are granted police authority while on campus by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as deputy sheriff powers for when they're in off-campus situations.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 93 responses

  • 25% None
  • 24% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Criminal activity near campus

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 38 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 93 responses

  • 44% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 45% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 1% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 101 responses

  • 64% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 35% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 1% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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