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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Rice University preaches about the culture of care. Students are meant to look after another's well-being. From my experience it seems true. At my first college party I drank too much and got sick. Several students with out hesitation helped me get back to my room and made sure I was ok. Since then, I always ask people at parties whether I know them or not if they are feeling well just to make sure they are fine.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel incredibly safe on campus, though I recognize I am a very tall male and there may be others who feel differently. However, other students I have interacted with seem to find Rice as safe as I do. Rice's sexual assault policies are very clear and progressive. There are many sexual assault prevention/awareness discussions and events throughout the year, put on by both students and administration. Rice has its own very large police department and extensive security measures. The area around Rice is very affluent and nice, though a few assaults have happened near campus. As it is in the fourth largest city in the US, the campus will be more dangerous than somewhere rural.

Healthcare on campus is top-notch. I had food poisoning (from somewhere far outside Houston!) and went to the student health center and they did a great job helping me. For more serious injuries, there is the world's largest medical center right across the street from campus with loads of trauma centers and Rice offers a cheap college insurance policy.

The excellently maintained gym, pools and sports fields also promote health and wellness around campus.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe, however drinking is very prevalent and sometimes students go beyond what is safe.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health and safety are mostly very good on campus. The only thing to watch out for is bike theft, but precautions can be taken for that.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The residential college system and numerous trainings, as well as the general character of the student body, supports Rice's "culture of care" in which students watch out for each other. The alcohol amnesty policy and student-run EMS demonstrate how Rice's police try mainly to care for safety, not bust students (which isn't to say they won't if you are unlucky, though this only really happens at public parties, never in the dorms).

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Although situated in the heart of a huge city, the Rice campus, for the most part, feels like it’s sealed by an invisible, protective forcefield. Most Rice students feel exceptionally safe and secure on campus. The Rice University Police Department goes to great lengths to keep the campus secure and build a positive relationship with the student body. While many students complain about the severity of parking ticket enforcement, the overall consensus is that the RUPD does its best to ensure the safety and comfort of college students on campus. In other words, they are not out to bust crazy college kids and drain their meager bank accounts; they are there to protect and serve the student body and make sure a productive learning environment is not disturbed by unwanted outsiders.

The safety services (blue-light phones, escorts, dorm alarms) are very effective and helpful. While there have been a few isolated incidents of theft or trespassing in the last few years, most students agree that they have never felt unsafe at Rice, and many students feel comfortable enough with campus security to leave their rooms unlocked.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Rice University Police Department
6100 Main St.
(713) 348-6000
rupd.rice.edu
Safety Services
  • (RAD) Rape Aggression Defense classes
  • Campus Watch program
  • Escort/van service
  • Lost and found
  • Owl Witness form
Health Center
Rice Student Health Services
Next to the Brown Master's House
(713) 348-4966
health.rice.edu
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Birth control
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Immunizations
  • Pregnancy tests
  • STD screening
  • Travel medicine
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
Rice has its own police department, known as RUPD. They are not rent-a-cops, but an actual Houston police department, with officers who are hand-picked to work there. Each residential college has an officer assigned specifically to a college. The officers host an annual study break, known as "Cookies and Cops," at each residential college to discuss campus safety and security with students.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 39 responses

  • 21% None
  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 15 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 38 responses

  • 55% High quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 24% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 39% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 62% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 36% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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