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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health services is a hike but they're great and so's UP.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Worcester is not the safest area, but Clark knows that and they do everything they can to make the campus safe.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school really tries to help prevent these types of incidents through education. However when the time comes it is up to you to make good decisions.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus and we are always notified when there is a threat

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Health Center is off campus and inconvenient. The school is very into programs proventing assult and couseling is great but Health Center isn't work the hike there

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Due to robberies around the area, the Worcester Police Department has dedicated a 14-person task force to the Clark area. But despite its poor location, Clark maintains an open campus, which means no fences, no security desks in dorms, and no parking garage attendant. Clark does have a swipe card system, on-foot and vehicle patrols, and closed-circuit cameras in the parking garage, and these small measures seem to keep the campus population feeling safe. Crime does take place on campus, but it is mainly vandalism and thefts that can be more logically attributed to Clarkies themselves instead of any outside threat. Walking to and from parties or really late at night is usually done in groups without much issue or complaint. The general feeling of students is that the campus itself is very safe, while the immediate area is only slightly dangerous and can be easily navigated with few precautions. For those who decide they would like some extra protection, emergency call-boxes line all the campus paths, and the escort van will drive you anywhere you want within a quarter mile.

As for the dorm security and police presence, students do not consider the campus police to be excessively apparent. However, they aren’t considered invisible enough to escape student gripes. Campus police should be looked out for whenever you are attempting something you probably shouldn't be doing. On the other hand, they never seem to be around when vandals are smashing vending machines and stealing the contents, which seems to happen at least once a month.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 8
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Clark University Police Department
Bullock Hall
(508) 793-7575 (508) 793-7777 (escort service)
Safety Services
  • (RAD) Rape Aggression Defense program
  • 24-hour patrol (foot, vehicle)
  • Emergency phones
  • Student Escort service
Health Center
Clark University Health Service
501 Park Ave., Worcester
(508) 793-7467
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Contraceptive counseling and gynecological services
  • Desensitization (allergy injections)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute and sub-acute episodic illnesses and injuries
  • Diagnostic laboratory testing
  • Eating disorders and nutrition counseling
  • HIV/AIDS education
  • Immunization to prevent diseases
  • Ongoing and follow-up care of pre-existing chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, colitis
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) health education
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sports medicine
  • Stress reduction
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Clark's police department is not merely a team of rent-a-cops employed by the school, but they are, in fact, real City of Worcester Police officers.
  • University Police is on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 29 responses

  • 28% Criminal activity near campus
  • 22% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Gang violence
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% None
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 12 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 29 responses

  • 21% High quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 45% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 69% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 14% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 7% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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