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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have had nearly no problems so far on campus, and there are buttons all over the place to alert authorities immediately

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is very secure and makes me feel safe and at ease.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus public safety officers are a great resource and truly only have the students' best interests at heart. The keep the campus very safe.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Health & Safety department does an adequate job.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel completely safe on campus!


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RPI's campus itself is very safe. There are phones with emergency buttons located throughout campus, and plenty of Public Safety officers on patrol at any given time. If you do feel uneasy about getting somewhere, the escort service is always available. As for the rest of Troy, however, it can be scary after dark, and it is not advisable to walk around off campus alone. If you leave things lying around for too long, such as a laptop or books, they may not be there when you come back. This is probably the biggest security risk, but at least it's avoidable. Keep your stuff within eyesight if you are in a public place, or leave it with a friend if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time. Also remember to lock your doors every time you leave-no matter how secure the dorms may seem, you can't be too careful.

If you stay on campus, you shouldn't have a problem taking care of yourself. Downtown Troy can be frightening, and for good reason. If you walk around by yourself after dark, you can find trouble-especially if you are female. Stick with friends when walking the streets, and you shouldn't have any problems. Overall, though, Troy itself could present a real threat if you were under the wrong conditions, yet there isn't too much to worry about at RPI.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 5
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
RPI Visitor Information Center (VIC) on 15th Street.
Emergencies: (518) 276-6611; Non-emergencies (518) 276-6656
Safety Services
  • 24-hour campus patrol
  • 24-hour safety escort
  • Crime investigations
  • Emergency call boxes
  • Fingerprinting
  • Lost and found
  • Property registration
  • Safety classes
  • Vehicle assistance
Health Center
Student Health Center
3200 Academy Hall 110 Eighth St.
(518) 276-6287
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Counseling center
  • Free flu shots
  • Health education and wellness programs
  • Medical and gynecology clinic
  • Specialty consultation referral
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
There are blue-lights around campus that will connect directly to public safety in the event of an emergency. You can stand anywhere on campus and see one in sight.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 46 responses

  • 22% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 6% None
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Drugs
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 29 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 46 responses

  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% 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 55 responses

  • 33% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 22% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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