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Health & Safety: Lots of options for students who need help

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't always feel safe but the school makes a valiant effort to keep it a safe place.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Despite being on the South side of chicago, the university takes a lot of steps needed to make sure campus is safe.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Considering it's south side Chicago, I generally feel pretty safe walking around even late at night

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UChicago takes great measures to make sure students are safe. At night there are guards around many corners.

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The University hospital is a great resource for student health needs. The Student Care Center, or SCC, is specifically for students. While you have easy access to the ER and to the hospital, it can be a huge pain to schedule an appointment with the SCC. If you aren’t incredibly sick, chances are you won’t get seen. You’ll simply talk to a medical consultant, and he or she will tell you to sleep and take an Aspirin. However, if you do have a serious problem or need a prescription written, the SCC and hospital are right across the street from campus.

As for the crime side of life, you have a much different story. Hyde Park is on the South Side of Chicago. Crime comes along with that territory. Chances are, you’ll get a security alert from the dean about a crime that has happened close to campus. However, the University takes the safety of its students very seriously. The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the City of Chicago Police are always on campus and have a huge presence. There are officers stationed on different corners on campus to provide extra security. The police will follow you home if you feel unsafe, and there are emergency phones located on almost every corner of campus that can provide you with immediate assistance. The University has several shuttle routes and late-night vans to help, as well. Security alerts are sent to every student to keep them informed about what’s been happening on campus and in the neighborhood. Overall, you need to be smart about where you are walking at night. However, there are enough resources on campus that protect the safety of students that you shouldn’t have a problem with feeling safe.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 27
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Safety and Security
6054 Drexel Ave., first floor
Dial 123 (on-campus emergency); (773) 702-8181 (off campus)
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Campus "Umbrella" service (police escort)
  • Campus bus service
  • Emergency phones on campus
  • House watch
  • Jumper cables
  • Laptop stop tags
  • Late-night van service
  • Safety awareness presentations
Health Center
Student Care Center
Wyler Pavilion/5839 S. Maryland Ave., Suite R-100
(773) 702-4156
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Gynecological services
  • Lab testing
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician and nurse practitioner appointments
  • Prescriptions
  • Sports medicine
  • Urgent medical care
  • Vaccinations
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • You can register your bike and laptop with the University police so that if either is stolen, you can easily track them down.
  • If you're out of town, the University police will drive by your place and alert you if anything is out of the ordinary.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 74 responses

  • 26% Criminal activity near campus
  • 24% Theft/robberies
  • 20% Walking alone
  • 9% Gang violence
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% None
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Excessive drinking
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 30 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 73 responses

  • 60% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 37% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 3% 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 80 responses

  • 18% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 40% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 36% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 6% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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