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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is a closed area of brick buildings surrounding a courtyard. However, the Fens is not the safest area, and public messages regarding sexual assaults are not so confidential after a student leaves school for the semester directly after the announcement.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The residence campus is gated with only one gate accessible after hours. You see security there doing patrols all the time. Public safety is less visible on academic campus, especially late at night. Everything feels very safe though. Health Services is a little clueless though when it comes to the health of students in the greater community (e.g. not being able to provide the location of the closest pharmacy, not being able to recommend an area specialist, giving students who don't have the school plan a more difficult time, etc.).

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: My school has the best campus security and I couldn't ask for any better. The officers are always patrolling and there are cameras everywhere. After 11pm, all gates are locked and the only way in and out is through the campus security room. I have never heard of any assaults on my campus and feel extremely safe no matter what time it is.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: As an undergraduate I felt safe on campus and I know there were counseling centers if any problem arose along with student organizations fighting for a safer and better camps

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I love our public safety team. Though there has been a high turn-over rate, the officers make themselves visible in daily rounds on both campuses. Response to emergency and non-emergency calls are handled quickly and effectively.

They have responded to at leas two emergency calls regarding students having seizures and they have responded in less than 5 minutes. The chief officer sends out campus wide notifications (through e-mail and text) regarding any robberies, unsafe situations (between strangers and students) and security measures set in place for Red Sox games or other instances (such as last year's bombing).


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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 27 responses

  • 19% None
  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Gang violence
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Excessive drinking
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 9 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 26 responses

  • 46% High quality, very convenient.
  • 35% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 35% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 65% 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 27 responses

  • 63% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 33% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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