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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health Services at Tufts are amazing. Everyone there is caring, supportive, and knowledgeable.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus police are fairly prevalent around campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: feel like they're trying to improve

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health and safety here are great. The administration is transparent about crimes in the area and offers safety tips and precautions and regular updates. Mental health services, health services, safe havens, etc. are all made clearly available for those in need of help. Police are a welcome and friendly presence on campus, and they care most of all about the students. They are not out to get anyone.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I believe that the campus does try to help create a safe environment for students and victims of sexual assault, but as with any campus, students can be at risk. Further, I do believe that the college social atmosphere creates some dangerous situations for sexual assault and general lack of safety. There is always room for improvement.

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Tufts has gone to incredible lengths to make students feel safe on campus. With safety services like Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS), police escorts, and a strong police presence, students feel safe walking around the well-monitored, well-lit campus, even at night. Don’t let the “you can’t spell stupid without TUPD” jokes fool you—TUPD officers are always around campus and are willing to help out in any way they can. Every year, there are a few assaults, robberies, and hate crimes, but rarely are they committed by Tufts students or members of the Tufts community.

There are blue-light safety phones all over campus, and Tufts also has a fire department and an emergency medical service on hand. Every dorm has its own unique key, and the ResLife office is currently phasing in infrared electronic keys for added security. Above all else, “townies” present the biggest threat around the Tufts area, and even this isn’t worth getting your panties in a bunch. Many townies are friendly and show respect toward Tufts students, but students may encounter a curmudgeon every once in a while.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 43
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 8
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police
First floor of parking garage, 419 Boston Ave.
(617) 627-6911 (emergency); (617) 627-3030 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols
  • Blue-light phones
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Operation Identification
  • Panic buttons
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Security lighting
Health Center
Health Service
124 Professors Row
(617) 627-3350
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (second and fourth Thursdays of each month it opens at 10 a.m.), Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and health education
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Birth control
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Massage therapy
  • Pharmacy services
  • Psychiatry
  • Referrals
  • STD testing
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The most common offense on campus, other than drug and liquor violations, is burglary. In 1997, Tufts won the Jean Cleary Safe Campus Award, given annually to colleges and universities that have demonstrated leadership in improving campus safety.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 45 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Non-students on campus
  • 16% None
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 38 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 44 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 68% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% 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 61 responses

  • 39% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 57% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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