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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: No complaints...the health center is fine, although not as good as the health care I get at home. I've always felt safe on campus and I know that Brown will provide me with a huge support system of healthcare--psychological, physical, and emotional--if I need it.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt scared while on campus. the school provides night transportation, security around campus, safe-walks, and emergency telephones are located all throughout campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Besides a few unfortunate events, I always feel safe

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is almost no crime on campus, but the large amount of drinking has led to a couple sexual assault cases.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The university has taken steps to improve safety on campus. At night, we have safe ride- a shuttle service, safe walk- a service for two employed students to walk you where you need to go so you aren't alone, Brown University Police, blue lights, and Brown security posted in various spots on campus at night. I feel very safe, although there are the occasional crimes, like people getting robbed on the street or getting their bikes stolen.


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Brown students receive an alert by e-mail every time there is a major crime committed on campus or the University perceives a specific safety threat. Recently, in response to a real and perceived increase in crime on and around campus, Brown increased the hours of campus police, hired security officers to patrol at night, and hired a private consulting firm to address the problems. The University tries very hard to inform the students about the status of crimes on campus and provides services to encourage smart and safe movement on campus at night. The shuttle runs on a route all the way around campus and comes about every five minutes until 3 a.m. The escort, who picks up and drops off students from off-campus housing to any location on campus, runs every night from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. Safe Walk is a student-run volunteer program that provides walking escorts for students every night. Students should feel safe, but not be naïve about the threats that do exist in cities and on College Hill.

The campus area has all the common security features. There are many blue-light phones and well-lit public areas, and the police presence is generally strong enough to deter crime. Most students seem to feel very safe on campus and will admit that things like theft happen when doors are carelessly left unlocked or valuables are left in public places. Still, many students choose to leave their laptops unattended in the libraries or never lock their dorm rooms.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 83
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 7
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
75 Charlesfield St.
(401) 863-3103
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Blue-light phones
  • Emergency e-mail notification
  • Operation ID Program
  • Rape Aggression Defense courses
  • Safe Walk escort program
  • safeRIDE shuttle
Health Center
Health Services
Andrews House
(401) 863-3953
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • 24-hour EMS response
  • 24-hour on-site nurse
  • Allergy testing
  • Birth control counseling
  • Dermatology clinic
  • Health education programs
  • Health forms for travel, employment, and school applications
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Pharmacy
  • Routine sports and travel physicals
  • STD screenings
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 53 responses

  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% None
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 27 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 53 responses

  • 57% High quality, very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 34% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 36% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 49% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 15% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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