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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus isn't very well lit at night, so it can be a bit daunting to walk home alone, but for the most part, the campus feels safe. The downtown areas surrounding campus can be somewhat shady. The students and staff are required to take training courses on sexual assault and alcohol consumption. There is a campus escort service readily available to assist students that would like another person to walk with them.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The perimeters and past the campus would probably be the sketchiest places, but on campus you will fee totally safe. There are security that patrol around housing at night, escort services are available, and even transportation options for off campus students.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: People do all they can to help people that may be in trouble. They have support systems in place if that were to ever happen to anyone.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus has a very respectful and friendly student body and staff. Everyone at this school does their best to create a safe environment for each other and take crime, safety, and security very seriously.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This campus is pretty safe and I can walk alone

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The security and police officers peppered all over campus make UCR students feel safe and secure. The farther away from UCR, the less safe it becomes, especially certain spots of downtown Riverside. Students are encouraged to travel in groups, both on and off campus. The Campus Safety Escort Service periodically leads “safety walks” that indicate safe areas in which to walk at night and also those that need improvement. Personal escorts are available for anyone who needs them, and virtually at any time, thanks to the emergency call-boxes (ECBs) strategically placed around UCR. Some ECBs contact only the escort service, but blue emergency lines with “call buttons” connect directly to the on-campus police department. Most of this concern is directed toward nighttime activity, but no matter the time of day or week, security measures are ever-present and of top quality.

The health center is a bit off the beaten path, as it's located away from the main classrooms; fortunately, the services it offers are anything but second-rate. Traveling, women's health, and preventive care information is available, and the medical services include those of the dental, optical, pharmaceutical, and laboratory variety. Flu shots are even offered during term, as well as counselors for mental health. The fees are reasonable, though those enrolled in a student health insurance plan have services rendered at either free or discounted amounts.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 6
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 51
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 13
Security Office
UCPD Riverside
3500 Canyon Crest Drive
(951) 827-5222
Safety Services
  • Campus emergency notification system
  • Campus Safety Escort Service
  • Crime prevention and residential safeguards (offering a "Responding to a Crisis Situation" class and publicizing incidents of criminal activity within the campus community)
  • Emergency call-boxes (ECBs)
  • UCR's Police Department (University Neighborhood Enhancement Team)
  • Women's Resource Center
Health Center
Campus Health Center
Veitch Student Center
(951) 827-3031
Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy management
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Dental care
  • Eye care
  • Health and wellness
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Physicals
  • Preventative exams
  • STD testing and treatment
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
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Did You Know?
  • The Campus Security crime report contains a summary of crimes reported on campus and in other designated areas during the past three calendar years. It also contains references to UC and local policies concerning criminal activity and security on campus. Printed copies are available upon request from the UCR police department.
  • The Campus Safety Escort Service is the only program of its kind across all of the UC campuses, as it is made up mostly of volunteers. It is a service run by students, for students.
  • UCR has one of the fastest running escort services across the UC system, as students generally wait for five minutes or less after calling in for an escort.
  • The Women's Resource Center sponsors periodic safety walks around campus, and this often leads to additional improvements such as lighting in dark places and self-defense classes.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 161 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% None
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 105 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 161 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 192 responses

  • 16% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 5% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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