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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never had a problem

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: We don't see a lot of crime on campus. There have been more issues off campus for certain, but even those are few and far between. Having university police definitely adds to the security of campus, and in addition we have good relationships with them because they're involved in the community. I know I personally feel mostly safe on campus because of the measure taken to make it so. There are emergency buttons placed throughout the campus for extreme situations, but it's never come to that thankfully.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety and security around campus are decent. I did not see anything too overtop aside from drinking and such.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus safety near the classrooms is usually fine. The health center is terrible. The counseling center turns away most students. The students that they accept for counseling are put on a waiting list. It seems like the people who need help the most are not receiving it.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Well lit pathways and plenty of safe lights.


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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 74 responses

  • 14% None
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Violence among students
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 41 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 72 responses

  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 88 responses

  • 27% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 60% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 12% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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