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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Student Health Services and SARP have not been doing a great job... We've had way too many sexual assault and mental illness incidents this past year (including a student suicide incident). Student Health is not very approachable and I know many people who have dealt with anxiety as well as depression, but lacked support from BU SHS because they were so incompetent and difficult to reach. I had to wait an entire week to schedule an appointment with student health services when I got a fever and became very sick my freshman year... My friend had to wait over a week to get professional help when she was dealing with anxiety... this needs to change immediately.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: BU has it's own police force and is in a neighborhood of Boston where I feel very comfortable.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is a common thing on college campus' around the country. Since Boston is a city there is crime but never terrible crime on campus. I feel very safe walking late at night across campus.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have seen BU police responding with students and talking with students in dorm building when something has been called in. I think that generally the students are safe so long as they are responsible for themselves and cautious in situations that could make them vulnerable. The resources are available for anyone who feels unsafe, and it is completely up to the students to use these resources when necessary.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus

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There is no question, students feel safe on campus. Most even report feeling perfectly comfortable roaming the area alone at night. The overwhelming presence of campus security, however, does put a significant strain on student life in the dorms, so avoiding the larger on-campus housing options is universally suggested to decrease problems with the stringent guest policies and curfews adhered to at BU. Bay State Road and South Campus housing do not have security guards at the entrance, thereby allowing for more freedom.

To be honest, it is not that difficult to avoid interaction with campus security. The University is littered with blue-light phones, there is a 24-hour crisis hotline, and there’s an escort service for late-night traveling (which, by the way, is the best way to get from one end of campus to the other for free). There are almost always people out and about—even after the rest of the city shuts down.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 59
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 6
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
BU Police Department
32 Harry Agganis Way
(617) 353-2121
www.bu.edu/police
Safety Services
  • 50 blue-light phones
  • Bike and laptop registration
  • BU escort service
  • Crisis intervention hotline
  • RAD program
  • Rape hotline
  • Red phones
  • Self-defense classes
Health Center
Student Health Services
881 Commonwealth Ave.
(617) 353-3569 or 3575 (24-hour emergency mentail health care); (617) 353-2121 (24-hour crisis intervention counselors)
www.bu.edu/shs
Daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. except University holidays. The infirmary is open 24 hours a day during the academic year, with visitation from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. The Crisis Intervention counselors are available 24 hours at (617) 353-2121.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Chiropractic services
  • Counseling center
  • Crisis intervention
  • Dental care
  • Immunizations
  • In-patient care
  • Lab services
  • Medical walk-in clinic
  • Men's health
  • Mental health clinic
  • Nutrition services
  • Physicals
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
The office of the Vice President and Dean of Students, located in the GSU (George Sherman Union), distributes the Lifebook, which provides information about the details of daily life. This book is a helpful guide to security procedures and information on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 140 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 10% None
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 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 97 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 139 responses

  • 13% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 176 responses

  • 35% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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