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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus and all the incidents I've heard of occurred within the community but off-campus. There are emergency phones located on the outskirts of campus just in case and Pittsburgh is actually considered one of the safest cities.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall, I feel CMU does a good job of informing/protecting students from sexual assault.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the most part, there is little crime near campus. I have never felt unsafe. We have campus police always patrolling campus and in the library at night.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: CMU cares about its students greatly and goes to great lengths to protect students.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Let's start with campus police. These rent-a-cops are usually too busy trying to bother students to be helpful to anyone. I'd be better off protecting myself than depending on them. And then there's Health Services, which couldn't diagnose the flu if it walked in and introduced itself as "Influenza", not to mention their terrible wait time. I would be healthy or dead by the time I could get an appointment. We should change the name to "Health Out-of-Services". Last and truly least, there's CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), which hasn't helped anyone I know, but they have managed to piss me off. I once tried calling their "24/7" hotline, only to get a voicemail message. While my friend was having a mental breakdown. Thanks, CAPS!


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 22
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police
300 S. Craig St., Room 199
(412) 268-2323 (emergencies); (412) 268-6232 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Alert Now (crime and safety alerts)
  • Bike/laptop registration
  • Crime prevention
  • Emergency phones
  • Lost and found
  • Operation identification
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Safewalk
  • Shuttle and escort
Health Center
University Health Services
1060 Morewood Ave.
(412) 268-2157
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling
  • Immunizations
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Psychological services
  • Self care/first aid
  • STD testing
  • Women's health/contraception
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Health services has licensed massage therapists on staff that offer 30- and 60-minute massages. They also give free 15-minute massages during finals.
  • CMU offers medical, vision, and dental health insurance plans that cover the entire year-not simply the school year.
  • The University Police have fingerprinting services if you need to apply for National Security Clearance for a job or internship.
  • If you are ever locked out of your room or dorm building, call non-emergency campus police at (412) 268-6232, and they will let you in!

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 88 responses

  • 25% None
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 40 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 86 responses

  • 29% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 60% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 6% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 95 responses

  • 64% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 34% 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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