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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe majority of the time, but we always get e-mails that someone was robbed at gun point or something bad happened near our campus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security on campus works really hard to ensure that students are safe. Of course that doesn't prevent all crime from happening, but it does reduce the amount that occurs.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty safe for St. Louis standards.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only thing bad about the safety is with the community on the North side of campus. There are occasionally the same homeless guys asking for money. And since we are next to the university hospital, you typically hear a siren every 2 hours.


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The Department of Public Safety & Security Services has a huge presence on campus, because they patrol 24/7 on foot, in golf carts, on bike, on T3 motor vehicles (basically Segways with three wheels), and in cars. SLU is located in an urban environment, but DPS does an excellent job of keeping campus safe. Within the SLU campus borders, students feel safe and well protected. Students have to remember to be smart when going off campus at night by walking in groups and being aware of surroundings. DPS offers a variety of services to keep students safe, including an escort service and SLU Ride, a free van service that can take students around campus at night. DPS is also useful for car trouble and will jump students’ cars for free if the battery has died.

Student Health & Counseling Services has a health clinic on campus that is fully staffed with nurses, doctors, and physical therapists. Whether you've got a cold or need a vaccination, student health is convenient and accepts most insurance plans. SLU Hospital is also right down the road in the case of an emergency. However, the hospital is a Level I Trauma Center, which receives the most severely injured patients, so most students prefer to head to other hospitals to avoid long waits in the ER.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 9
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 14
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Wool Center, Room 114, 3545 Lindell Blvd.
(314) 977-3000 (emergencies); (314) 977-2376 (general information)
Safety Services
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Automobile assistance (jump starts and lock-out help)
  • Communications (answering calls and dispatching)
  • Crime prevention education programs
  • Emergency call lights
  • Investigations
  • Lost and found
  • Patrols
  • Safety escorts
  • Safety orientation for new students
  • SLU Ride
Health Center
Health and Counseling Services
Marchetti Tower East, 3518 Laclede Ave.
(314) 977-2323
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hour on-call nurse
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Common prescriptions and medications
  • Counseling and educational programs
  • EKG interpretations
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Nutrition services
  • Orthopedic services
  • Physical therapy
  • Physicals
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
SLU Department of Public Safety (DPS) has an emergency taxi service, so that even if you run out of money while off campus, you won't be stranded in an emergency. Students only need to find the nearest phone and call DPS (they will accept collect charges), and the University sends a taxi to come pick you up. The taxi drops you off at the DPS office, where you sign a request form, and the charge for the taxi will later be billed to your student account.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 83 responses

  • 24% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Walking alone
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 6% None
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 20 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 83 responses

  • 40% High quality, very convenient.
  • 20% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 84 responses

  • 45% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 84 responses

  • 21% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 24% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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