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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never had a problem on campus. The issues that do come up are taken care of in a timely manner. There are many places were you can get support.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been a few incidents on/near campus but nothing serious. Most problems occur at parties where people make bad choices. If you don't put yourself in a dangerous situation you're not going to get hurt or in trouble.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are towers with blue buttons around the campus. There is always a tower visible, no matter where you are n campus. These towers with blue buttons are emergency alert systems. If a student feels threatened or needs police assistance, they can press the buttons on these towers. This helps students to feel safe on campus. The general feeling on campus is not hostile though. Even when I would walk home at 1 AM, I felt completely safe and was confident of the security of the campus.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are emergency buttons all over campus and the police station is right across the street. I feel like there is a lack of security because anyone can drive onto the campus unnoticed.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: faculty & students take the initiative to keep everyone protected & have knowledge of potential things

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With swarms of police buzzing down Kiester Road and infiltrating campus, security is pretty tight on and off campus. Every residence hall is on lockdown with ID access, locked doors sealing every stairway, video surveillance, and on-site University staff. One may say that all of these measures are excessive, but it keeps the crime rate here extremely low. Of course, there are quite a few liquor law violations and the occasional incidents of minor theft. With more than 8,000 students coming and going on campus each day, some crime is expected—and the campus and local police are ready for it.

Though most students feel safe and consider crime here nonexistent, some female students feel insecure walking alone at night. Some areas of campus are darker and more secluded than others, and it is important that students take precautions. If you park your car on campus, avoid storing valuables like CDs or money there because distant parking lots, like East Lake, are hot spots for theft. Though Slippery Rock is a friendly town where it is easy to trust everyone you meet, you must remember that crime can happen anywhere, even in this peaceful, nestled little villa. So, avoid walking alone at night, lock your doors, always be aware, and use common sense. The same rules would apply anywhere, really.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 9
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police Department
145 Kiester Rd.
3333 (on campus); (724) 738-3333
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access (key, security card)
  • Late-night transport service
  • Lighted pathways/sidewalks
  • Student patrols
Health Center
McLachlan Student Health Center
1 Morrow Way, Rhoads Hall
(724) 738-2052
Daily 24 hours
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Immunizations
  • Minor injury care
  • Physical examination services
  • Preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative services
  • STD testing
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 59 responses

  • 22% None
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Violence among students
  • 5% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Drugs
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 11 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 58 responses

  • 38% High quality, very convenient.
  • 41% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 26% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 64% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 10% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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