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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security guards are pretty lenient.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Feel very safe to walk on campus at any time at night.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The only time I ever feel unsafe while at school is when walking off campus in the surrounding neighborhood. Security is quick to respond whenever they are called for a dispute, and I have never had anything stolen while on campus, nor have any of my friends (to my knowledge). Sexual assault is not talked about frequently, but there have been a few cases that I have heard about during my time at PC. Various offices, including residence life, student affairs, and campus ministry work hard to prevent sexual assault as well as provide support services for victims of sexual assault.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. And the Safety and Security officers are pretty pleasant when they talk to you. Most of the campus crime that happens, when it does, is usually around the off-campus housing neighborhoods, and a lot of it either has to do with alcohol, or the people in the neighborhoods.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Providence works hard to ensure safety,


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There's an age-old question that haunts parents of college-bound children: Is my child going to be safe at school? Providence College takes safety and security seriously, as the numerous lectures on it during orientation and freshman year prove. While freshman girls may feel that living in an all-girl dorm, which requires males to sign in, is like living in a prison, others consider the Huxley Avenue entrance a security joke. Overall, PC has put into place numerous security measures to ensure both student and parental peace of mind. The use of common sense and awareness of one’s surroundings is the best preventative measure. General consensus relates, “I have never felt unsafe at PC.”

Operating on the blue-light system, PC has emergency call-boxes all over campus. Escort and shuttle services are available, and the all-female dorms are monitored by guards. While getting on to campus is simple, the real safety of students is up to themselves—that is why they are constantly reminded not to let anyone we do not know into the card-controlled dorms. PC security can boast of a fantastic reaction time and personal concern for the students. The administration excels in keeping students informed by posting occurrences and security concerns.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 14
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
(401) 865-2222 (emergencies) (401) 865-2391 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Emergency phones
  • Late-night shuttle and escort services
  • Lighted pathways and sidewalks
  • Rape defense classes (RAD)
  • Student patrols
Health Center
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EMT: Monday-Friday 4:30 p.m.-8:30 a.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Gynecological clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • The Health Center has a doctor available at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Personal Counseling Center works in cooperation with Health Services for counseling and psychological services.
  • There is a police substation one block from campus, so there are always Providence police patrolling the streets surrounding PC.
  • PC now has a shuttle service Thursday through Sunday nights that circles the streets surrounding PC so students don't have to walk alone through the neighborhood.
  • An emergency notification system alerts students by way of text message, voicemail, and e-mail about any emergencies that take place on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 44 responses

  • 22% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 7% Gang violence
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% None
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 31 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 43 responses

  • 33% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 60% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 29% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 61% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 10% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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