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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Brandeis has a very safe campus. Theft is also generally not an issue. You can leave your laptop and bag at the library while you leave for an hour and still come back to find it untouched.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Brandeis is an overall safe campus but sexual assault as a general societal issue is still an issue on this campus.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are blue lights everywhere and the police patrol campus throughout the night.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Brandeis Police barely do anything, but nothing dangerous ever really happens on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've heard complaints about some of the sexual assault procedures, but I have never experienced them myself so I feel that I cannot accurately respond to these questions.

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Although it's not located in the most affluent or nicest of towns, Brandeis is mostly quiet and safe. While the police officers seem incompetent and self righteous at times, they actually do their jobs well. Since there is not much actual crime on campus, the cops mainly hand out parking tickets and break up parties. This safe feeling creates a sense of what is commonly called the “Brandeis Bubble,” which prompts some students to leave their room doors unlocked—the main way that thefts occur. This led to a series of break-ins at the Castle in 2010. Thankfully, the University is slowly updating the security systems of the dorms, moving from key to card access.

The blue-light system, which most colleges employ, ensures that if there is a problem, students are able to get help quickly. The University provides late-night transportation and an escort service for students who feel uncomfortable walking around at night or who need help getting home. And if the provided transportation is not enough, you can call the police, and they will drive you back if you’re out late at the Campus Center or at a friend’s dorm. Overall, this is a very safe and secure campus, as long as you’re smart and use common sense.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 17
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Stoneman Building
(781) 736-3333 (emergencies); (781) 736-5000 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Cell phone and e-mail emergency notifications
  • Controlled dormitory access with key and security card
  • Early Warning System
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Lighted pathways/sidewalks
Health Center
Health Center
Stoneman/Golding Building
(781) 736-3677
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday (and holidays) 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours on-call nurse
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Drug and alcohol counselor/educator
  • Immunizations
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 58 responses

  • 28% None
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 7% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 25 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 57 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 65% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 62% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 36% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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