Although Duquesne is situated right smack in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh and the Hill District, one never really feels in harm’s way. The Duquesne Police take their job very seriously and respond quickly to any emergency. They are friendly with the students and do not pose a roadblock to fun. Anyone coming in or out of the dorms must either scan their ID card or have a resident sign them in if they do not live there. Sign-in procedures keep things safe, but many students find them annoying and devise ways to get around them. UPMC Mercy Hospital is adjacent to the campus, and Duquesne students have easy access to its facilities.
Duquesne’s campus seems isolated from the rest of the city, but in a good way. Students, for the most part, may come and go as they please. If something poses a threat on campus, the police promptly respond. Residence halls are extremely safe, and both they and the entire campus are dotted with security cameras. The front desks of the residence halls are monitored at all times, nearly year round. Violent physical or sexual attacks are almost unheard of here. What little drug dealing and use occurring is usually kept quiet and out of sight. The general consensus of most of the students here at Duquesne reveals an overall feeling of comfort and security. One can learn all about incidents at Duquesne by picking up an issue of the Duquesne Duke; the “Police Briefs” section features and pokes fun at the few petty offenses that take place on or near campus.