Duquesne is devoted to protecting your student's health and happiness.

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Health and Safety

It can be emotional sending your son or daughter off to college, but rest assured that Duquesne University provides a safe campus with access to a variety of health and mental health services should your child need them.

Safety Is a Top Priority

The Department of Public Safety keeps students safe and the campus secure. They are proud to provide:

  • Highly trained, sworn University police officers who patrol campus and adjacent streets on foot and by patrol cars and bicycle units
  • A 24/7 campus emergency line: 412.396.COPS (2677)
  • Secure ID-card access to residence halls and other buildings
  • On-request campus safety escorts from sunset until sunrise
  • Code Blue emergency call stations positioned at key points on campus


  • DU Emergency Alert is an automated mass notification system that sends a text message to students' cell phones.
  • Weather emergencies and class cancellations are announced on the Weather Information hotline: 412.396.1700.

If Your Student Gets Sick...or Just Needs to Talk

At Duquesne, we look after the whole person: body, mind and soul. That includes providing services that can help when your child comes down with a seasonal bug or just needs to talk.

  • Health Service provides medical, mental health and wellness services, including physician and nursing care, routine physical exams, laboratory testing, allergy injections, nutrition counseling, health education and referrals.
  • Our University Counseling Center offers free and confidential counseling services to students.
  • Duquesne Cares provides alcohol and drug awareness education, and when necessary, referrals to appropriate services if alcohol or other drugs become a problem.

Health Insurance

It is a policy of Duquesne University that all full time students have health insurance coverage. Students must provide proof of health insurance or purchase one of the two health insurance plans offered by the University. For additional information, call 1.800.791.9420 or 412.396.6677.