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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Not much is done for the non athlete students, safety is not a big issue

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I am an online student and do not have first-hand knowledge of this.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus, I feel safe. However, if you wander off, you are in a city and you must take precautions, especially at night.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Greek life events are definitely not the safest place for women to venture, especially if they are by themselves or have had to much to drink. Sexual assault is a problem at universities around the country, and university administrators do not like acknowledging this fact because it gives their universities bad publicity. Pitt is not the worst when it comes to addressing sexual assault on campus but there are definitely steps the administration could take to enhance their dealings with sexual assault and violence.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty safe for a city setting


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Common sense is key when talking about urban campus security. Many students feel that as long as you're not asking for trouble, you won't have any problems at Pitt. The campus is always well lit and because of the urban location, there are people out on the streets at every hour. Oakland is regularly patrolled by both city and campus police, and calls are responded to quickly. This is especially true at night and on the weekends. Dorm security is especially tight. Residence halls are guarded 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You cannot be admitted into a dorm without having your ID swiped by security or unless you have a resident sign you into the dorm, which you need to still have a form of ID to be admitted.

Break-ins and petty theft tend to be the biggest securityissues at Pitt. Theft isn't uncommon in both on-campus buildings and nearby apartments. Just use common sense. It's best not to leave your stuff unattended and always remember to lock your doors. South Oakland, where many students live when they move out of the dorms, isn't the best of locations. Even here, though, the police presence tends to deter any serious crime. Other nearby neighborhoods pose little threat, with the possible exception of the Hill District (which begins at the northern end of campus), but there isn’t really anything there to draw students. Overall, students feel the same sense of security at Pitt that most only find in smaller, rural schools. As long as you're careful, it's easy to spend four years in Oakland and not have any problems.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 34
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Police Department
3412 Forbes Ave.
(412) 624-2121; 811 (on campus)
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Campus shuttles
  • Crime notices
  • Crime watch programs
  • Crowd control
  • Defense classes
  • Emergency notification
  • Engraving
  • Event security
  • Patrol services
  • Rape aggression defense (RAD)
  • Residence hall security
  • Safety seminars
  • Van call (Saferider)
Health Center
Student Health Service
Medical Arts Building, Suite 500 3708 Fifth Ave.
(412) 383-1800
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • General medicine
  • Health education programs
  • Lab work
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Orthopedics
  • Pharmacy
  • Women's health/gynecology
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The University of Pittsburgh has the third largest police force in Allegheny County, with 74 police officers who are commissioned and certified in the same way as city or municipal police.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 186 responses

  • 18% Walking alone
  • 14% None
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 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 111 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 186 responses

  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 65% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 225 responses

  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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