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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although Boston is a city and you should be careful, police officers are present and i rarely feel unsafe

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Given the fact that we live in the middle of a city, crime rates are really high. However, I never feel unsafe when walking to and from class.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've heard some things about Emerson poorly taking care of sexual assault victims, but I don't know if it's true

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Well, this is so-so. Emerson is just putting in measures to prevent sexual assault and help survivors because of the lawsuit, but they seem pretty good. I haven't been to the Health Center, but I've been to the counselors and they are good.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the Emerson College Police Department is a great resource and are always willing to help the students 24/7. They have an escort system in place in case a student does not feel comfortable walking around or near the campus. Students have to tap their IDs in order to get into any of the buldings which definitely makes us feel safer.

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Despite the fact that Emerson is located in the heart of a city, the campus is quite safe. Emerson Police are visible on campus and respond quickly to complaints and emergencies. Of course, students should be aware of their surroundings, especially at night, and take care when walking through the park after dark.

Dorms are secure with sign-in procedures in operation 24 hours a day. Students must swipe their IDs before accessing residence floors, and all guests must be signed in and out. The dorms’ front desks are usually staffed by students who keep evil-doers and miscreants out. Some residents even complain that desk-sitters give them too hard of a time when they want to sign in guests, which annoys some and makes other students feel safer. The rumor that Emerson security guards often doze when they should be working may be true, but doors are always locked overnight to keep out anyone who doesn’t belong in an Emerson building—of course, this also includes students who lose their keys, so don’t forget them when heading out late at night. Though the campus is relatively safe from non-Emerson mischief-makers, crime does occasionally take place. Keeping yourself safe and your belongings secure usually doesn’t take much more than using your common sense.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 10
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
(617) 824-8888 (emergencies); (617) 824-8555 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Acquaintance-rape and sexual assault avoidance programs
  • Controlled residence hall access
  • Emergency evacuation plans
  • Emergency notification system
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Operation Identification
Health Center
Center for Health and Wellness
216 Tremont St., Third Floor, Room 303
(617) 824-8666
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5p.m.
Health Services
  • General medical services
  • Immunization clinics
  • Nutrition
  • STD testing and counseling
  • Wellness education programs
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Emerson offers a walking escort service for students from 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for anyone who wants an escort when walking between any on-campus buildings or to or from local T stations.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 35 responses

  • 25% Criminal activity near campus
  • 19% Walking alone
  • 13% None
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 16 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 34 responses

  • 29% High quality, very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 9% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 26% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 3% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 31% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 17% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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