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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is relatively safe though there are some rare occurrances

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety is one of Harvard's main priorities. There are extra precautions and safety procedures put in place to make sure that we are safe during our time on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Harvard is an extremely safe place. HUPD officers can be found virtually anywhere on campus at any time of day and can be reached at all hours with a simple phone call.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: HUPD (Harvard University Police Department) officers are some of the friendliest and most competent police officers I've ever met. They genuinely believe that their purpose is keeping students safe, not ruining their fun. Regarding safety, Cambridge is like any other urban area: be smart. As long as you don't walk alone in dark alleyways at night with your headphones in, you should feel relatively safe. HUPD also sends out email and text alerts whenever there is a report of crime on or near campus.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Several areas of campus can be closed off to protect students in the case of a threat and the campus police are pros, often literally. Heard rumors that they are retired military and high up. But there must be some personality test in the hiring process because while they can be rough when they need to be and make you feel secure, they are some the nicest friendliest bunch.

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Harvard students generally feel safe while roaming the streets of Cambridge, and they have good reason. The Harvard University Police Department and Cambridge Police Department do a commendable job of safeguarding the University's best assets—the students. Students also have access to multiple blue-light security phones on nearly every block, and must swipe into dorms with key cards, preventing burglars from ever endangering students.

However, Cambridge, like all cities, is not completely safe from crime. Students should always keep in mind they are in an urban setting and to be alert, especially when walking alone at night. In the past, Cambridge crime waves have alarmed local citizens, but law enforcement still works to combat the trend with an increased presence. In general, Harvard students rightly feel safe, but prospective students should not be lulled into believing Cambridge and Boston are crime-free.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 230
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 15
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
Harvard University Police Department
1033 Massachusetts Ave., Sixth floor
(617) 495-1212 (emergencies) or (617) 495-1215 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Lost and found
  • Motorist assistance
  • Stolen property database
  • Text messaging system
Health Center
Harvard University Health Services
Holyoke Center
(617) 495-5711
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Dental services
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition
  • Peer counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary care
  • Sexual health
  • Vision
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 45 responses

  • 10% None
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 13 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 44 responses

  • 48% High quality, very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 7% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 45 responses

  • 36% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 51% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 7% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 41% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 7% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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