Health & Safety

Location
Birmingham, AL
Undergrads
1,295
Tuition
$29,600
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: very good safety on campus do to your in a gated community

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The nurse is a sweetheart and is very concerned about the students' wellbeing and campus police is awesome.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus Police are an actual trained police force, and do an excellent job of maintaining a sense of safety on campus. The college has a nurse on staff and assists students in getting doctor's appointments, when necessary.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe. Campus police are great!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Birmingham-Southern is one of the safest campuses in the nation and I feel very safe, regardless of the amount of under age drinking or partying on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 370th
    Safest Campuses
  • 461st
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1275th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kriti Mishra
Hometown
Hoover, Ala.
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From the time you enter the gates until the time you leave, you can feel the presence of security on campus. Each student or faculty member gets signaled in with a friendly wave, and all other guests get registered at the guard shack. There are also blue-light stations with emergency phones that are located all over in times of need. Campus Police cars regularly patrol the premises, and they are always glad to give someone a ride to anywhere they need to be. For each dorm, there is an access code which is required to get into all of the outside doors. Students are told not to give this code to anyone else, and it changes monthly for even more security. Several times throughout the year, the Campus Police sends out an e-mail with security tips on how to keep your belongings safe. Once outside the gates, the neighborhood can be pretty sketchy, so most students tend to avoid it if at all possible. Although there have been several service projects and rejuvenation efforts by both the school and the city of Birmingham, the surrounding neighborhoods remain one of the higher crime areas in the county. Security recommends not traveling alone at night, especially on foot, and they are always on call in case of an emergency. With 18 full-time officers, security seems to be a high priority on campus, and most students feel safe in the somewhat questionable neighborhood.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 2
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Police Department
Bruno Entrance
(205) 226-4700
www.bsc.edu/administration/police
Safety Services
  • 24-hour escort services
  • 24-hour response services
  • Auto safety inspections
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Long-distance emergency response
  • Vehicle roadside assistance
Health Center
Counseling & Health Services
Norton Campus Center, second floor
(205) 226-4717 (205) 226-7720
www.bsc.edu/campus/counseling/health.htm
Monday-Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Ambulatory clinic
  • Flu/meningitis shots
  • Health education
  • Health problem management
  • Health promotion consultation
  • Laboratory services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Off-campus referrals for serious injuries and illnesses
  • Phone consultations
  • STD/contraception information
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
National staffing ratios call for two officers per 1,000 students; Birmingham-Southern's staffing ratio is 9.5 officers per 1,000 students.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 10 responses

  • 35% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% None
  • 12% Drugs
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 11% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 56% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 90% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 10% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 90% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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