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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's all good for the most part though for mental health it often takes awhile to schedule with the counselors.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel comfortable leaving my laptop in the cafeteria unattended to go to the bathroom. As a Junior, I have yet to encounter a problem. I feel incredibly safe at Pepperdine.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always see the DPS trucks and cars driving around campus to make sure everything is okay.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: They do a good job of keeping us safe and I do not feel like there is ever an extreme threat or anything like that

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is very, very safe and the school works tirelessly to keep it that way (disclaimer - I'm a DPS Officer). The Department of Public Safety has officers on shift 24/7, including at the entrance gates, provides late night security escorts, and does building checks every night. Both marked and unmarked DPS vehicles patrol the campus at all hours of the day and night, and officers and Public Safety administration take their job very seriously. Many of their officers are EMTs and about half are trained as Wildland Firefighters; the department also has two Type 7 Fire Engines, which is good because wildland fires are the greatest threat to campus. DPS also has an armed Shooter Response Team that trains with the Sheriffs Department and the Secret Service. The Student Health Center is a good resource to students, but for any serious medical incidents students have to be transported to a real hospital in Santa Monica or at UCLA.


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Whatever concerns Pepperdine students may have about their chosen school, safety obviously is not one of them. Every so often, one will hear of a theft or two—first floor residence halls have been known to have their screens broken into—but hardly anyone ever expresses much anxiety over security. The in-room safes available for students to rent generally serve as dorm decorations, and unattended laptops are a common sight in the library. Certainly, no one seems worried about his or her own physical safety.

Malibu is not a dangerous town, so Pepperdine hardly needs to take many precautions, but it takes them anyway. Security guards monitor the gated entrances to campus 24 hours a day, and Public Safety vehicles are everywhere, always. Sprinkled throughout campus are emergency phones marked at night by blue lights. It is hard to imagine any circumstance, outside of a health emergency, when one would actually need to use one of them, but they are there just the same. In short, you need not worry about crime or personal safety on the Pepperdine campus. You may worry, however, about the rather hazard-prone roadways nearby, such as Pacific Coast Highway and the perilous Malibu Canyon Road. The fact that going anywhere requires traveling on one of these roads makes designated drivers all the more essential to any late-night partying, especially since Pepperdine’s bone-dry campus forces partiers to drive elsewhere for their shenanigans.

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
Office of Public Safety
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
(310) 506-4700 (emergencies) safety
Safety Services
  • Designated Driver Program
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort
  • Operation ID
  • Wave Watch
Health Center
Pepperdine Student Health Center
RHO Parking Lot - Towers Road
(310) 506-4316
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy and flu shots
  • Dermatology
  • Eating disorder treatment
  • First aid
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Lab work
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Prescription refills
  • Referrals
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing (including free and anonymous HIV testing)
  • Travel medicine
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 56 responses

  • 51% None
  • 12% Unlit pathways
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Drugs
  • 1% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 10 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 54 responses

  • 43% High quality, very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 56 responses

  • 43% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 41% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 56 responses

  • 73% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 25% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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