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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have security on our and Emmanuel's campus and the emergency blue lights

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have awesome campus security and safety. Due to it being an all girls' college, Simmons dorms, residence quad, and bathrooms all feel much safer in general as many times there are no men in our buildings. Simmons is very much a dry campus so if you are looking to go out, it's easy to do so, but there is not much drugs or alcohol on campus. Campus security is great.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe overall. We get notifications if something is going on in the area.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have really helpful and friendly officers who are there when you need it. You can catch them everywhere on campus

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our Res campus has gates that close at 11 every night and the only way on campus from then until 6 am is through a security office. Only people with Simmons students are allowed on campus. Walking between the campuses late at night can sometimes be scary, but you can call public safety and they will escort you to the other campus.


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It would seem that in such an urban environment, the campus would have more security measures, but students generally are comfortable with the precautions taken. The flexibility of Simmons’s policies is generally appreciated by students who feel like an adult and not like they are still under their parents’ watchful eyes. Within the iron gates of the Residence Campus, students generally feel a strong sense of security. Each night, the security staff locks the entrance gates to the quad, and they are also closed during Red Sox home games. Students and their guests are then required to enter through Simmons Hall, and entrance is available only through swiping an ID card.

The Academic Campus is only two blocks away, and resident students walk the Fens to and from class confidently—the only thing that poses any threat is weaving between cars across Boylston. After dark, an escort service is provided for students for the walk over. On-campus security personnel patrol the residence buildings and the Main Campus Building. Two police officers dedicated to the College with a support staff of unarmed officers. There is much debate over the people in these positions because many of them are Northeastern students filling co-ops. As an added measure, students are given the option of withholding their phone number, which provides anonymity and additional safety, not to mention protection from prank phone calls.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 1
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Main College Building Room E-008
(617) 521-1111 (emergency); (617) 521-1112 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Crime bulletins and alerts
  • Fingerprinting
  • Investigations
  • Motor vehicle assistance
  • Operation Identification
  • RAD (women's self-defense classes)
  • Walking escorts
Health Center
Health Center
94 Pilgrim Road
(617) 521-1002
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Contraception
  • Diagnosis and treatment of illness and injuries
  • Emergency contraception
  • Immunizations
  • Management of chronic diseases
  • Physical exams
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Sports medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Simmons subscribes to CareCall, an independent emergency notification provider. CareCall provides information to doctors and nurses in emergency situations and notifies your emergency contacts as well.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 39 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% None
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Excessive drinking
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Dorm safety

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 38 responses

  • 37% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 55% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 40% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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