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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It could be better, because I have had friends and classmates who had become victims to sexual assault.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus feels really safe, even at night. Security does a good job looking out for students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have a police station right across the street and easily accessible help if needed.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus and I know that campus security will escort me back to my dorm if I need it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a tall male, i feel pretty safe walking alone across campus and nearby at night. I don't see any reason why anybody else would not. Sexual assault is a problem at frat parties, but can usually avoided if one exercises simple caution. There are a lot of parties/mixers in which only girls will be let in. Identifying which parties encourage a predatory environment and which do not is sometimes necessary.

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Most students report feeling very safe at Santa Clara. Campus Safety patrols campus and its surrounding areas 24/7, and the Santa Clara Police Department is located right across the street, employing more than enough cops to keep the campus safe and secure. Campus Safety has also installed 30 blue-light phones around campus, which students can use to contact Campus Safety any time they feel uncomfortable walking alone. While SCU and its surrounding areas are generally pretty safe, students from other schools have been known to occasionally crash parties and start fights on weekend nights. Because the Santa Clara Police and Campus Safety are known to constantly patrol these areas, such events are usually responded to pretty quickly. The Campus Safety report in the Santa Clara newspaper provides good testimony to the low level of crime around campus. Most crime involves petty theft of bikes, valuables, and electronics, but as long as students are conscious about keeping valuables hidden, doors locked, and bikes secure, they shouldn't have any problems. Many students in the dorms use laptop locks to secure their computers, and heavy duty "U" locks for their bikes. 

In terms of student health, Santa Clara does a lot to ensure the well-being of its students. In addition to a general health center, where students can go for checkups and basic medical procedures, Santa Clara has a Wellness Center, which provides information on a range of topics dealing with health, diet, and physical well-being. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is also a good resource for students coping with homesickness or other personal issues, and it offers each student 10 free visits during their time at Santa Clara. 

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 6
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Campus Safety
Parking Structure, Room 103
(408) 554-4441
Safety Services
  • 24/7 campus patrols and escort services
  • Crime alerts
  • Crime and incident summary
  • Emergency phones on campus
  • Lost and found
  • Personal safety programs
  • Rape defense classes
  • Security surveys
  • Student-run EMT squad
Health Center
Cowell Student Health Cetner
Cowell Building, Building 701
(408) 554-4501
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Gynecological services
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Routine physical examinations
  • Sports medicine
  • TB testing
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Santa Clara has its own entirely student-run EMT squad, available on-call 24/7 to respond to accidents and emergencies.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 81 responses

  • 18% None
  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Drugs
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 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 80 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 72% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 9% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 90 responses

  • 66% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 28% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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