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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: If you are sexually assaulted and you try to bring charges on the offender, the administration will block you at every avenue possible and if the offender is found guilty, they will only be given a slap on the wrist.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Rice's Health Services is extremely accessible, and the staff there is very friendly. The doctors and nurses are amiable, easy to talk to, and open in answering any questions or concerns presented.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: On campus, I feel completely safe. However, DO NOT assume this means that the area in Houston around Rice is safe. It's not. Even one block away from campus you can feel it start to get creepy.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Getting an appointment at the health center can sometimes take a little while.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The police department is great at responding to crimes, but they are still a little ineffective when it comes to actually helping the victim. If the perpetrator is a Rice student, then the perpetrator will usually get off pretty easily, as Rice doesn't want to get a bad image. An example is the recent sexual assault at Sid Richardson College during a party, as Rice worked hard to make sure local news stations didn't cover the event.

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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
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
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?
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 58 responses

  • 19% None
  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 43 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 57 responses

  • 32% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 60% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 7% 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 67 responses

  • 67% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 31% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 1% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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