Carnegie Mellon's safety program is regarded highly by the students on this campus. The police presence is very well-known; they don't limit themselves to patrolling the campus at night—rather they can be seen around campus at all hours of the day. This instills a feeling of safety in students because it is easy to forget that the close-knit and comforting campus is still in the middle of a large city. Pittsburgh isn't overly crime-ridden, but it is still a city. Students are automatically signed up to receive campus email alerts whenever there is a crime in the vicinity of campus. These alerts can range from robberies and burglaries to assault, and they are sent the minute the campus police is informed. Students can also sign up to receive these alerts as texts to their cell phones. Safety is a big priority on campus, and you will see that if something big does happen, it oftentimes is prevented from happening again.
Where safety is regarded highly, health services is not. The main complaint you will hear students say is that health services doesn't really do much for students when they are sick. They have two responses—either they give you some Tylenol and send you on your way, or they send you to the hospital. The second response isn't very helpful to most students who don't have primary care doctors in Pittsburgh, and simply want the care they would typically receive from a primary care physician—not an emergency room doctor. While the staff might not do much themselves, they do offer contraception, counseling, vaccinations, allergy shots, physicals, pregnancy tests, and more. For students who are everything but sick, they seem to have their procedures down to a T. It's a shame they can't help with the whole sick thing, too.