Health & Safety

Lewisburg, PA
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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Bucknell is one of the safest college campuses imaginable!

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe here. Always.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus crime is seemingly at a minimum, but when it happens, bucknell does not do enough. I have heard of people being sent off campus more often for failing academically than for committing assault and serious crimes, and that fact often makes me uncomfortable. They have programs about alcohol abuse and speaking up against sexual assault, but too often people are in trouble for alcohol and don't know why, and too often people around me are assaulted and not supported when they tell someone, or the assailant is not punished. Bucknell needs to do better, honestly. They're satisfied that crime doesnt happen enough to draw attention to it, when in actuality they shouldn't be satisfied until things like hospitalization by alcohol poisoning and sexual assault aren't even a reality.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on Bucknell's campus. I will walk across it at night by myself and not think I am ever in any danger. Public Safety is very visible if you would ever need them.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I do feel very safe on campus and there are always officers around. However, student health is very out of the way and no one wants to go unless they feel absolutely awful, and even then, it may not be worth the walk.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 253rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 271st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 599th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jen Adams
Washington, PA
Economics/Political Science
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Because Bucknell is located in a somewhat isolated area, there is hardly anything to worry about when it comes to safety and security. The campus is laid out in a manner that further isolates it, as the southern end of campus is lined with acres of cornfields, and the northern and eastern ends are surrounded by neighborhoods. Furthermore, most of the neighborhoods around campus consist of upperclass students. Because the town is small, there isn’t much crime, although Bucknellians do joke about the fact that the school is in close proximity to Lewisburg Penitentiary, a federal penitentiary!

Every week in the "Bucknellian," the student newspaper, there is a published Public Safety log of all the previous week’s offenses. The majority of these deal with underage drinking and public drunkenness. Occasionally, students will hear reports of an unwanted sexual encounter, but these are seemingly due to a miscommunication between the people involved and the fact that, most likely, they were under the influence of alcohol. As a general rule, there is not a problem with theft on campus, but every now and then when students leave their belongings out in the open, items such as books or laptops are taken. However, students usually seem to have more complaints about the consistent presence of Public Safety officers everywhere than they do about safety and security. Public Safety recently became armed, but students have not noticed the difference. Overall, the campus is extremely safe, and the Bucknell community is tight-knit.


Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 18
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 8
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Between Trax Hall and River Road
(570) 577-1111 (emergencies); (570) 577-3333 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Bike registration
  • Controlled dormitory access (key, security card)
  • Late-night transport and escort service
  • Lighted pathways and sidewalks
  • Student patrols
Health Center
Ziegler Health Center
(570) 577-1401
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Medical equipment loans (crutches, etc.)
  • Nutrition counseling
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Physical therapy
  • Referrals
  • Screenings
  • STD screening
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 29 responses

  • 33% None
  • 30% Excessive drinking
  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 4% Theft/robberies
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 29 responses

  • 7% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 41% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 28% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 38% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 28% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 18% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 79% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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