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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is a major part of UO. The school provides care for those who do experience the trauma of sexual assault and constantly work to prevent it from occurring. Both students and administration understand the importance of having a safe community.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: U of O is great when it comes down to making each student feel safe. At night when leaving the library I sometimes do not feel safe, so I always carry a pepper spray, but when leaving the library there are always two or three cops in front of the library watching people leave safely, or to make sure nothing bad happens. There is also a hot line that you may call for a police officer to walk you home, if you are ever afraid.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are campus police everywhere on campus. The only times I don't feel comfortable are late at night heading home either alone or in a small group. I try to take my car when staying late to work but parking is not always available close to the building. The bus lines are convenient when they operate during the day, but not at night. There is also a large homeless population around and sometimes on campus or right off it that can make it feel less safe to be walking around in certain areas.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: For the most part, I feel safe on campus. This topics are frequently discussed and are always trying to be improved. The university is continually working to increase awareness.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus can be sketchy in certain areas at night as some parts of campus is dimly lit or not lit at all which is usually where thefts and such occur. Even some areas that are lit such as Agate still have problems though so an increase of patrol around campus later at night would definitely make a difference.


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The University of Oregon works to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for its students at all times. Safety officers patrol the dormitories and campus day and night. The UO takes many precautions when it comes to students' safety—the Assault Prevention Shuttle (APS) service, for example, helps to alleviate fear of walking alone at night. Other programs like the Designated Driver Service (DDS) make students feel secure in knowing they have a ride home anywhere in town, without having to drink and drive.

Overall, students say that the UO campus is a safe place to be if you're smart. Like in any other college atmosphere, it's extremely important not to walk alone at night. While the UO has had difficulties in the past with crime, most students agree that campus is still a safe place to be. The University has had a few riots in the past, but fortunately no one was seriously injured. The University makes a good effort to provide the safest possible atmosphere on campus and prevent any further problems.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 14
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 8
  • Vehicle Theft: 10
Security Office
University of Oregon Police Department
2141 E. 15th Ave. or 1319 E. 15th Ave.
(541) 346-6666 emergency; (541) 346-2919 non-emergency
Safety Services
  • Bicycle locks
  • Campus patrol
  • Designated Driver Service (DDS)
  • Emergency phones
  • Fingerprinting services
  • Lighted pathways
  • Nite Ride (for men)
  • Ride-along programs
  • Safe Ride (for women)
  • Self-defense classes are available through PARS Department
  • Sex offender registry
  • Vehicle assistance
  • Yellow Jackets
Health Center
University Health Center
1590 E. 13th Ave.
(541) 346-2770
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Acupuncture
  • Allergy shots
  • CPR/First aid classes
  • Dental health
  • Diabetes management
  • General medical care
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Massage therapy
  • Mental health care
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physical therapy
  • Sexual health
  • Sports medicine
  • Stress management
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide provention
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Travel clinic
  • X-Ray
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Did You Know?
  • The Department of Public Safety recently organized a Public Safety Advisory Group to serve as an active liaison between members of the community and DPS while keeping communication lines open.
  • In September 2002, nearly 1,000 students rioted in the West University area after drunken partygoers piled up mattresses and other furniture on a traffic circle and set them ablaze. By the end of the evening, 35 students were arrested and nearly $20,000 worth of damage had accumulated. The administration has since cracked down, enforcing a no-drinking policy for campus residents. Guards are now trained to watch out for students who are staggering and/or have possession of alcohol.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 167 responses

  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 13% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 7% None
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 99 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 167 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 191 responses

  • 25% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 23% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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