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Health & Safety


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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: they are always on their stuff sometimes

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel as safe as I would be with my own family.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe but of course since our school is in the City we have the general public to worry about. Not the students that go here.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Fortunately I did not have any issues with health and safety, so far so good.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safety is great, the small campus and tunnel system allows for a very safe environment however if you leave campus and stray to the outside limits closer to outside of Canisus' boundaries it is less than desired. Often it is unsafe to be outside the boundaries however students are aware of this fact and will walk in groups or ensure girls have a safe walk with partners. When walking around from house to house students make sure they walk in groups although this is only really an issue after dark. During the day safety is not normally an issue.


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Public Safety officers at Canisius are lurking around every corner—in a good way. They consistently patrol campus 24/7. They are never in the way—just there. It is comforting to walk back to the giant parking garage at night and see a Public Safety vehicle sitting right in the middle of it, with an officer inside. However, streets just outside campus are prone to crimes such as petty theft. Public Safety sends notices around of any crimes in the area, and these crimes are published weekly in the school newspaper, "The Griffin." The Student Health Center, in the tunnel level of Frisch Hall, gives counseling and doctor/nurse appointments free of charge—other than the exam and immunization checkup required before the start of each school year, which requires payment. 

During the academic year (August through May), the health center is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (though, the clinic is closed each day from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch). If there is an emergency when the clinic is not open, you can call Public Safety at extension 711, and it will arrange transport for you to Sisters of Charity Hospital, which is located a stone's throw away from Canisius, or another local hospital if you so choose.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Bosch Hall
(716) 888-2330
Safety Services
  • Bike patrol
  • Blue-light telephone system
  • Car patrol
  • Each student is given a very loud safety whistle to use in case of emergency to summon attention.
  • Escort service
  • Motorist Assistance Program
  • Security cameras and more than 1,000 alarms for fire, glass breaking, carbon monoxide, and the like
  • The Valuables Identification Program (VIP) lets you create a list or record of property and engrave property with your social security number.
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Etch Program
Health Center
Student Health Center
Frisch Hall, lower level
(716) 888-2610
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Diagnosis/treatment of minor illnesses
  • Educational materials
  • Equipment like crutches and slings
  • Eye examinations
  • First aid
  • Lab testing
  • Physical examinations/immunizations
  • Rest area when students become sick
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The most common crime committed at or near Canisius is burglary (and in low numbers at that). Incidents of violent crime are basically nonexistent.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 43 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Walking alone
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 9% None
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Lack of safety escort services
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 19 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 43 responses

  • 40% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 50 responses

  • 30% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 6% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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