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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Honestly, I feel quite safe walking around on campus. I'm a small girl and I don't feel unsafe walking around campus, even at night. There are always other people around and almost all of campus is pretty well lit. Health Services is well organized and the doctors and nurses on staff are very knowledgeable. I went in for a sports injury and my doctor was thorough and answered any questions that I had.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Theres a lot of support on campus for emergencies, etc.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not sure, haven't had to deal with it so far

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I never feel unsafe on campus. I will walk back to my dorm from my friends late at night, and I'll take one pathway that isn't completely lit, but I've never felt unsafe. There are emergency buttons all over campus, and I have even used one when I fell off my bike. It worked really well. Occasionally I worry about random people stealing things, but I know I can trust most of the people within my own hallway and building. With regard to sexual assault, I have never experienced that, or have known anyone who experienced that, so I cannot say how it is dealt with on campus.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel as though the campus is relatively safe. I personally have never felt unsafe although I think campus could be safer.


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Most students agree that they feel safe on campus. You will only find predominately students, faculty, staff, or visitors treading through campus. URI is not in the middle of a city or surrounded by other main attractions—it is just a college campus, and every person on campus has a reason for being there. This limits the amount of outsiders that may straggle into URI and allows students to feel safe and free to walk around campus without having to worry about any outside elements.

Students say that safety precautions, like emergency phones and escorts, make them feel more comfortable on campus, especially at night. Since the campus is rather large, well-lit areas are essential for providing safety once the sun sets. However, students are encouraged to walk in groups at night, and they shouldn’t let just anyone into the resident halls. All residents need an ID in order to enter the dorms, but people do get in without them through the help of fellow students. Security cameras have been installed in dorms, throughout campus, and in parking lots, and police patrol the campus 24 hours, seven days a week. There are also large, blue emergency stations around campus that students can use to notify police if they are in trouble or just need an escort back to the dorms. A close eye is kept on students, and the University is doing all it can to provide for the students' safety. When it comes to safety, all is well at URI.


Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 29
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 10
  • Vehicle Theft: 8
Security Office
(401) 874-2121 42121 (on campus)
Safety Services
  • Campus emergency phones
  • Campus escort
  • Emergency medical services
  • Rape crisis center
  • SafeRide/SafeWalk
Health Center
Dr. Pauline B. Wood Health Services
Potter Building
(401) 874-2246
Health Services
  • Birth control
  • Complete physicals and basic medical services
  • Dermatology
  • Gynecology
  • Immunizations
  • Internal medicine
  • Nutritionist
  • Orthopedics
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychiatry
  • X-ray lab
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 94 responses

  • 16% None
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Drugs
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Violence among students
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 36 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 93 responses

  • 38% High quality, very convenient.
  • 42% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 94 responses

  • 11% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 60% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 20% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 94 responses

  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 13% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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