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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Being in a huge city definitely has its pros and cons. However, there are more risks involved in an open campus like ours in a huge metropolitan area than there are in a small, rural closed campus.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: NYU while generally safe, turns a blind eye to sexual assault, to the point that victims choose not to go to the school for help because they get blamed.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: All of the buildings, including the library, require access with your school ID which promotes safety.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are public safety officers in every building, and most buildings you have to show/swipe your ID before you're allowed in the building. There's no formal campus and it's a big city, so it's good to pay attention, but I have never really felt unsafe around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe and not safe at the same time.

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New York City is becoming increasingly safer—and as a result, so is NYU. At least one security guard is posted at the entrance of every NYU building to check IDs and control entrance, and dorms have security guards at the entrances 24 hours a day. Sometimes these guards can be cranky and pack an attitude—watching drunk college kids stumble home night after night isn’t the most fun job, after all—so being polite is the best way to play. Befriending them can be in your favor in expediting the guest sign-in policy. There is always an RA on-call in all NYU dorms and an effective emergency response system in place. Living in an NYU res hall may actually be the safest place to live in the city. Safe Ride vans are available for nighttime transport between NYU buildings, and non-NYU "green-light" buildings provide safe havens. With classes, nightlife, shopping, jobs, and endless other involvements to worry about, NYU students are rarely preoccupied with their safety.

In a place like New York City, tight security is a must. NYU is much safer than you might think, but in the end, you should always be careful. Don’t ever assume that you are completely safe just because you see a security guard around every corner of campus. You have to remember that you are in a big city where anything could happen, so take precautions accordingly. Always be aware of your surroundings and never walk around the city alone late at night. NYU Public Safety officers tend to patrol campus as it gets late, especially once it is dark, and whenever they are needed, they can be easily contacted by calling the number on the back of your NYU ID.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
14 Washington Place
(212) 998-2222
www.nyu.edu/public.safety
Safety Services
  • 24-hour green-light buildings
  • Emergency call-boxes
  • Lost and Found
  • Safe Haven program
Health Center
Student Health Center
726 Broadway at Waverly Place
(212) 443-1000
www.nyu.edu/shc
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Acute care
  • Allergy, immunology, and travel medicine
  • Counseling services
  • Eating disorders program
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Men's health
  • Nutrition services
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Primary care
  • Radiology
  • Specialty services
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
In the FBI's 2009 report, "Crime in the United States," New York City is ranked as the safest large city in the United States. This means that, of all American cities with populations of 1 million or more, New York City has the lowest rate of total crime committed.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 236 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 15% None
  • 13% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 160 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 236 responses

  • 29% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 286 responses

  • 30% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 16% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.

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