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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is a lot of security on and around campus. However, being near a poor neighborhood, the crime is noticeable. Usually common cases are stolen bikes but more severe crimes are quite noticeable. Walking alone on campus is fine, but if going off campus, walk in a group or take a campus cruiser (USC's version of an uber).

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: USC is very safe. I'm comfortable walking around at night and i have never had troubles getting where i need to be. USC also offers tons of amenities to get you where you need to be for FREE. There are always guards in a 2 mile radius of campus. There are never great concerns

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The DPS and health center are both very accessible.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Some sketchy areas when it comes to safety but overall campus police and a changing community are contributing towards a safer area.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: USC has their own police so we are pretty safe and they also patrol outside the school. However, there has been incidents regardless that's why I gave a 4-star rating.

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Although most students would agree that our campus is safe and secure, there is no denying the fact that bad things happen from time to time. As far as petty theft goes, students with a mind to keep what’s theirs had better lock bikes and bedroom doors. Clothing, money, and other valuables are reported stolen from apartments and dorm rooms on occasion, while bikes are stolen on a daily basis. Reports of assault and robbery usually come from the area just north of campus, where most of the student apartments are located. The DPS and the LAPD have committed more and more officers to problem areas in the past few years, and even though problems still exist, assailants tend to strike in the darkest, most remote areas that most students are smart enough to avoid. Students, especially young women, are advised against walking alone late at night. Students who pay attention to their surroundings and keep track of their friends will most likely graduate unscathed.

All USC students are required to sign up for Trojan Alerts, which inform students about what is happening on campus with DPS and which areas to avoid. Mass texts and e-mails are sent out immediately if there is a problem that needs to be contained. Each Trojan Alert gives students a description of what is happening and a description of the suspects, if available. This system only lets people know about the biggest problems, however, and smaller things, such as dorm thefts, are left unaddressed.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 7
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 60
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 6
  • Vehicle Theft: 19
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Parking Structure 'A', 3667 S. McClintock Ave.
(213) 740-4321 (emergencies); (213) 740-6000 (non-emergencies)
capsnet.usc.edu/dps/
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Emergency information phone line
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Operation ID
  • Personal Safety Program
  • Rape Defense Class (RAD)
  • Text alerts
Health Center
University Park Health Center
849 W. 34th St.
(213) 740-8742
www.usc.edu/student-affairs/Health_Center
Monday-Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (urgent care only)
Health Services
  • Acupuncture
  • Advice nurse
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Chiropractic care
  • Counseling services
  • Dermatology
  • Immunizations
  • Lab work
  • Men's health
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • STD screening
  • Travel clinic
  • University insurance
  • Women's health
  • X-ray services
Day Care Services?
Yes

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 154 responses

  • 20% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 8% Gang violence
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% None
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 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 102 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 148 responses

  • 49% High quality, very convenient.
  • 20% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 154 responses

  • 57% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 36% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 174 responses

  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 44% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 20% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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