Health & Safety

Burlington, VT
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is no real sense of danger on campus. Every student has access to the phone number for Champlain Public Safety (the campus security), and they will respond if anyone calls them. They will even drive you to and from the hospital if you need them to, any hour, day or night. Although the health services is quite rudimentary, there are a number of accessible hospitals in the area for any real problems.

1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health services sucks. Most of the time they'll tell you to come back in a few hours or just be rude and not know what they're doing. The campus is pretty safe though. CPS is chill.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't know much, but I feel they do their job.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As a resident assistant I am so much more aware of how great we have it here at Champlain. Health and safety is on the top of everyone's priority.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: When my mom couldn't reach me, she contacted the campus police. They tracked me down and let her know I was okay (I had to walk to hospital in a storm early in the morning and forget to text her when I got there--it's about a 20 minute walk).


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 57th
    Safest Campuses
  • 536th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1270th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kayla M. Hedman
Griswold, CT
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The Champlain College campus is a tight-knit community in a residential neighborhood called "the Hill." The neighborhood is quiet and safe, day or night. The street is well-lit, and most of the residence halls are very close to main campus. Walking down the hill to downtown Burlington at night should be done in groups or through the buddy system as a precaution, but during the day, students rarely claim to feel threatened or unsafe. Champlain Public Safety (CPS) has officers patrol by car and on foot at all hours of the day. They also do random rounds through each residence hall to have a more consistent presence in the hall, therefore gaining the trust and respect of students. There are blue-light emergency telephones on campus that can be seen wherever you are. By pressing the button on these phones, you are connected with a CPS officer, and you will be responded to immediately.

On-campus health services are available for illness and injury evaluations, lab studies and diagnostic testing, and health counseling. There is also a sports trainer available in the mornings. Unfortunately, health services are not available for all emergencies, as the hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For emergencies after 3 p.m. or on weekends, the health services affiliate is Timberlane Pediatric Associates in South Burlington. Students can also go to Fletcher Allen Health Care for emergencies, and CPS will give students rides to the hospital, if needed.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Public Safety
Skiff Hall
(802) 865-6465
Safety Services
  • Blue-light telephones around campus
  • Daily crime log
  • Public safety officers
  • Safety presentations during orientation
  • Self-defense classes
Health Center
Health Services
Whiting Hall
(802) 860-2711
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Health Services
  • Health counseling
  • Injury and illness evaluation
  • Lab studies
  • Physician on call 24 hours a day
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Champlain is a dry campus; therefore alcohol and drug possession and use is prohibited for all students (even those 21 and up).
  • Each residence hall, excluding Spinner Place and Quarry Hill, has an exterior phone that reaches Campus Public Safety by dialing 3333 or 6465. Additionally, there are 11 blue-light phones around campus that can be used to report emergencies or criminal incidents.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 30 responses

  • 26% None
  • 14% Drugs
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 30 responses

  • 10% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 20% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 27% High quality, very convenient.

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

  • 7% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 62% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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