Health & Safety

Williamsburg, VA
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$37,344 ($13,570)
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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Paths on campus in the woods need to be lit up.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Dealing with sexual assault is an issue that W&M could improve on.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I felt very safe on campus. The police are always out. Any incidents are reported to the student body immediately.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have the blue light system here which is really great. Generally our campus is very safe and I feel fine walking anywhere by myself, but at night it's still nice to have someone with me.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: walked home across campus @ 3am and didnt die


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 37th
    Safest Campuses
  • 458th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 613rd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gabriela Rivera-Morales
Vienna, VA
Grad Year
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William & Mary is extremely safe. Theft is virtually nonexistent, particularly among the student community, considering that every student is required to take an honor pledge asserting not to lie, cheat, or steal (a tradition instituted in Thomas Jefferson's time). Most students take this very seriously, and therefore, instances of theft in student centers (like the library, for instance) usually never occur. People are also keen on leaving their doors unlocked for this very reason, which, though it is not condoned, doesn't usually result in theft or assault of any kind. The community also has a very safe atmosphere, considering most of the people you'll encounter during the day include other students, elderly people, or families touring the colonial area. There have been instances wherein a suspicious individual is spotted lingering around residence areas at night, but all occurrences are promptly taken care of by the William & Mary or Williamsburg police departments, which are very quick to respond to any sort of criminal case (which in itself is extremely rare). 

As far as violence or sexual assault goes, instances of such are reported as rarely as a few times a year. William & Mary staff and faculty are quick to send out a message reporting such incidents and any information about culprits in any case, and also to provide students with means of coping with or reporting such instances of assaults. There are various help hotlines for those who have experienced assault, as well, though the occurrence of assault on campus is very rare.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 23
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
William & Mary Police Department
201 Ukrop Way
911 (emergencies); (757) 221-4596 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Alcohol and drug programs
  • Bicycle registration
  • Bicycle safety education
  • Community ride along
  • Emergency phones
  • Fingerprinting
  • Identity theft program
  • Office security program
  • Personal safety program
  • Project ID for students, faculty, and staff
  • Residence hall security program
  • Robbery and theft protection for retail services
  • Robbery and theft services
  • Sexual assault awareness program
  • Student patrol program
  • Workers on Watch program
Health Center
Student Health Center
1 Gooch Dr.
(757) 221-4386
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Eating disorders
  • Evaluation and treatment of mental disorders
  • Health and wellness services
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Laboratory services
  • Medical care of acute and chronic illness
  • Men's health
  • Patient education services
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
All campus residences are protected by electronic key card locks that allow only students in during the day and only residents of the building in at night.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 54 responses

  • 23% None
  • 15% Unlit pathways
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Theft/robberies
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 5 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 53 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 43% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 36% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 75% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 6% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 35% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 63% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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