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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is right in downtown Boston, so there is anything you expect to see in the heart of a city, but there are also cops patrolling day and night.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school feels pretty safe but they need to take sexual assault more seriously.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Our campus is across from the commons so we hear about some crimes that take place at night in the area.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's okay. Not the best and not the worst.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Emerson does a lot during orientation to teach new students how to keep themselves well and safe, which is really great and important.


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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 42 responses

  • 24% Criminal activity near campus
  • 20% Walking alone
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 10% None
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% 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 38 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 41 responses

  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 2% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 10% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 28% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 24% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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