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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The scariest thing on this campus are the raccoons.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public Safety are outside of the dorm areas nightly monitoring. I feel very safe walking back from late classes on campus.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe, the worst crime you hear about is laptops getting stolen at the library and bike theft

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The area surrounding USD is kinda sketchy

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus, and I have a class that ends at 9 so I have to walk alone back to my dorm in the dark. I haven't really ever felt unsafe, there are security buttons all around campus that you can press and campus safety will come help you.

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Public Safety (known as "P-Safe") is constantly present on campus, creating a safe environment. The officers are often parked around the dorms or drive around the residential areas, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, to make sure everything is in order. This keeps suspicious people and activities off campus. However, some students say they feel like they are constantly being watched and aren't given enough freedom on weekends. Most P-Safe incidents involve public intoxication, and all incidents are reported in the school newspaper, The Vista. Additionally, when there are incidents of theft on campus, P-Safe will email and post fliers alerting students and faculty, advising them to lock their cars and dorm room windows. Many thefts are crimes of opportunity, so if you keep all of your valuables out of sight and locked up, they should be safe.

The Student Health Center provides most services to students free of charge. The health center staff provides general examinations, immunizations, and other medical services, and you can pay for antibiotics and any other fees with Campus Cash. Because USD is a Catholic school, though, condoms are not available on campus. However, there are convenience stores and pharmacies nearby where birth control is easily accessible.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 55
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 6
  • Vehicle Theft: 9
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Hughes Center, Room 151
(619) 260-7777 (emergencies); (619) 260-2241 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Anonymous crime reporting
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Campus tram
  • College Cab
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Crime alerts
  • Escort services
  • Rape defense classes
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Week
Health Center
Student Health Center
Camino Hall 161
(619) 260-4595
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours care
  • Allergy injections
  • Basic medical services
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • Pregnancy tests
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 73 responses

  • 31% None
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 16 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 72 responses

  • 40% High quality, very convenient.
  • 32% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 14% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 41% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 42% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 1% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 62% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 33% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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