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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Colby is a very safe place. Everyone has too much to lose to act out of line and everybody respects each other

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Many Colby students think Colby is very safe since we're up on a hill away from town. However, the campus is poorly lit, making it tough to walk back to your dorm when there's nothing but black ice. Also anybody can just walk on campus, so students should be more aware.

Colby also does not follow the blue light policy correctly (supposed to see one in every direction). I have felt uncomfortable walking around certain parts of campus alone with the lack of these (especially by the gym).

Colby's security seems very nice and willing to help, but every time I have attempted to meet with somebody, they seem like they're never there and can be difficult to access

A lot of students leave laptops and cellphones around, but I have had things stolen out of my dorm room that is typically locked. So there are thieves on campus (as they are everywhere)

College Freshman

Health & Safety: Colby Security does not have a lot of power on campus. They will absolutely help you if you need them and call them. All of the staff members are extremely pleasant and nice. Due to the atmosphere and disrespect of (some) students however, security does not have the power that they should.

If they see you with a beer, they ask you to pour it out and then let you go. While on campus, you are basically free from the law. We have very high dorm damage fees. Dorm damage fees include cleaning up after parties, sloppy drinkers, and broken emergency items and building parts. In my first year here, (and the year isn't finished) I will have paid $100 or more on dorm damage due to people breaking windows, doors, fire extinguisher protective glass, emergency exit signs, emergency lights, more windows, vomit stains on the hall carpets, vomit in the bathrooms and stairways, broken lights, and fines for broken emergency equipment. (and I had not personally broken anything, this is all from people coming for parties.) People like to drink a lot here and then break things. (They don't tell you this during you very nice walk around campus where every smiles at you and holds the doors.)

The first weekend for freshman this year, there were 8 transportation to the local hospital for extreme alcohol poisoning. There weren't even upperclassmen on campus yet.

Although no one talks about it at all on campus, there was a gang rape of Colby students to a Colby student. Only one was suspended and the others withdrew, with little punishment. (Ladies, do not go off campus for parties. Especially not alone and do not drink. I was given this advice my first week from a good friend that is currently a Senior.)

Theft really doesn't happen on campus because we are generally good people and everyone here generally has wealthy means of getting whatever they want without stealing it. This does not mean you can leave your stuff anywhere because it still happens.

FYI-People smoke weed here.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: With it's small student body, Colby really takes care of all it's students and makes them feel at home instantly and very comfortable.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: First of all, Colby College is set in a small town in Maine. Even there, it is isolated on Mayflower Hill. Life at Colby is campus life. There isn't much to do out of campus apart from a few very good restaurants. The Garrison-Hall is conveniently located near the center of campus, and I've heard that they take good care of people with injuries and sicknesses, though I have never been there myself. The blue lights security system is present as on many campuses, but generally, there just is absolutely nothing to fear on campus, which is set near a very nice neighborhood.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 46th
    Safest Campuses
  • 848th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1141st
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danny Garin
Washington, DC
Government and Economics
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It’s a testament to how much Colby students trust security that everyone seems to feel completely safe on campus, even after the tragic murder of Dawn Rossignol in the fall of 2003. Colby’s isolated location is certainly a reason for this sense of safety. Also, campus security is very visible and well known. Most students can tell you the names and nicknames of at least one security officer, and it’s not uncommon for students to stop and chat with whichever officer is patrolling around outside dances. Students trust one another, so most feel comfortable leaving their books and bags in the library while they meet friends at a dining hall for dinner, and there are very few reports of stolen items. If you lose something, chances are you’ll either find it right where you left it or get a phone call from the person who found it.

Colby's health center is open during the week and offers free counseling services and many medical resources. It is the only college health center in Maine that is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, so everyone feels confident going there. The doctors and nurses are very accessible and approachable. Also, within 10 miles of campus are three of the best hospitals in Maine. It's a fact of college that you will probably get sick, but Colby students find solace in the wonderful health services provided by the College.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 15
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Security
Roberts 128
(207) 859-5530
Safety Services
  • Colby Check (property identification and marking)
  • Courtesy rides by security officers
  • Emergency safety advisories
  • Lost and found
  • Safety whistles
Health Center
Garrison-Foster Health Center
Garrison-Foster, second floor
(207) 859-4460
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours care
  • Basic medical care
  • Counseling
  • Lab services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Physical rehab services
  • Physicals
  • Referrals
  • Self-care medicines and supplies
  • STD testing
  • Travel health
  • Vaccinations
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
This is a tragic but important fact: In September 2003, a senior at Colby, Dawn Rossignol, was found dead about a mile from campus. Her death was ruled a homicide, and her killer, Edward Hackett, a parolee from a prison in Utah, has been tried, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 25 responses

  • 27% None
  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Non-students on campus
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 21% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 29% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 20% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 80% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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