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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The University police force communicates with students and staff frequently. Crime alerts tell us when something has happened and advise us on the situation. Upon entry to the school as a freshman, there are lots of orientation classes regarding sexual assault safety, fire safety, general safety, and even dining / bus etiquette.

Health services are expansive and pretty reasonable. Online appointment applications, pharmacies can give you your meds on campus, appointments for things like STI screening are easy. There's a lot of things for students, you just have to find it.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We're are constantly updated about campus safety and news. Often regarding crimes or public health.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have been there for a year and I haven't had any experiences.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Incidents have happened but the campus police does their best to resolve problems.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is pretty safe beaches there are always cops there to help out if anyone needs it. Police cars are always there to drop someone back home at late hours if the need arises. Campus alerts keep us updated about the crimes happening on or near campus which do not come in so often meaning crimes are not committed very often on or near campus areas.

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Security is definitely a prevalent problem at Rutgers University. Administration addresses the problems and tries to change procedures to keep up with the changes in the environment, but crime still plagues the University. RUPD says that the major crime on and off campus is theft, the same as the rest of American universities. Since New Brunswick is a city, and College Avenue is not an enclosed campus, it is important to take the same safety measures you would in any city. Never walk alone at night, even if you are a male, and look assertive when you are walking somewhere. On the other campuses, walk along major streets instead of shortcuts behind the dorms. It may take longer to get somewhere, but it is definitely a precaution all students should take.

While moving into Rutgers, keep an eye on your belongings. Everyone is moving in, so it is hard to recognize who shouldn't be there. In the past, computers, stereos, and other valuables were stolen during these days. Also, don't leave your things unoccupied in dining halls and student centers. Police are definitely seen around the campuses during the day, but they cannot see every single thing that goes on. Many students openly admit that they don't feel safe off campus and are extremely upset about how the RUPD do their jobs. RU Safety is often a controversial subject on campus, and e-mails reporting theft and other crimes fill students' Eden accounts while police ticket jaywalkers.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 4
  • Burglary: 114
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 12
Security Office
Rutgers University Police Department
55 Commercial Ave.
(732) 932-7211
Safety Services
  • Building access
  • Escorts
  • Jump starts/vehicle lockouts
  • Lost and found
  • RUPD patrol on foot, vehicles, motorcycle, and bicycles
Health Center
Hurtado Health Center
11 Bishop Pl.
(732) 932-7402
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program for Students (ADAPS)
  • Allergy desensitization injections
  • Ambulatory health care and education
  • Counseling and Psychological Services(CAPS)
  • Emergency contraceptives
  • Flu vaccines
  • General primary care
  • HIV testing
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory tests
  • Men's health care
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physical examinations
  • Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
  • Specialty consultations
  • Sports medicine
  • TB testing
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Rutgers University established the Community Service Officer Program in July 2000 to provide support and assistance to the police. One-hundred trained and uniformed students patrol the streets along the Cook and Douglass campuses, as well as bicycle paths on College Avenue.
  • New Brunswick is nicknamed "the Health Care City" because Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, St. Peters University Hospital, and the Johnson & Johnson Global Headquarters are located in town.
  • Security officer escorts are available daily from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Students who wish to be escorted to their residence hall, car, or off-campus home can call (732) 932-7211 for this free service.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 268 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% None
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 182 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 268 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 45% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 29% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 326 responses

  • 12% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.



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