Health & Safety

Hanover, NH
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Dartmouth administration is beginning to take the issue of sexual assault more seriously and is evaluating a stricter approach to the issue to minimize incidents.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety & Security (SNS) is generally very good. They offer transports and safe rides during the day and at night until 2am. They are generally making sure kids don't hurt themselves and trying to prevent bad outcomes rather than actively searching and busting people. Dick's House has lots of resources and really friendly staff and environment, and you can stay as long as you want overnight for free!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've always gotten great service from Dick's house. The joke is that they ask every girl if they're pregnant instead of treating their ailment but I think people just like to complain. We're also 2 miles from one of the best hospitals in America.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I broke my wrist at the beginning of my freshman fall. The process to get seen was a hassle and then they told me I was lucky they had a doctor in because of a football game. So ummm... does that mean normally I would be screwed. I don't really know. Anyways, they did what they had to do, gave me a splint, sent me off on my way, and it eventually healed.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: THe security is very good, but binge drinking is still the culture on our campus. Students are unsafe with alcohol and sexual assault is a real issue.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 162nd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1218th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1308th
    Best Student Health Center

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Kirk Greenwood
Warrington, PA
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With little influence from the outside world, serious crime in Hanover is virtually a non-factor. Bike theft is common, but Dartmouth’s Safety & Security team (S&S for short) does a good job of tracking down stolen property. Students are always encouraged to lock their dorm room doors and secure freestanding bikes to designated bike racks, but the fact that many fail to comply with even these relatively hassle-free guidelines demonstrates how little concern students tend to have for safety and security issues on campus. Blue-light safety phones are a near-ubiquitous feature on college campuses these days, and Dartmouth is no exception. S&S maintains a visible presence on campus and remains vigilant in the unlikely event that trouble should arise.

With classes, activities, and friends to keep up with, college students in general shouldn’t have to worry about their personal safety or the security of their belongings, and at Dartmouth, they don’t have to!

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 20
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 22
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Safety and Security
5 Rope Ferry Rd.
(603) 646-4000
Safety Services
  • Aggression defense
  • Bicycle registrations
  • BlitzMail bulletins
  • Blue-light phones
  • Engraving of valuable items
  • Escort service
  • Rape prevention tactics
  • Weapons storage
Health Center
Health Service (Dick's House)
5-7 Rope Ferry Rd.
(603) 646-9400
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours nurse
  • Allergy clinic
  • Blood testing
  • Counseling services
  • Immunizations
  • In-patient care
  • Orthopedic clinic
  • Pharmacy
  • Sexual assault peer advisers
  • Sports medicine
  • STD and HIV testing
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
According to the FBI, Hanover is the safest town in New Hampshire, which is, in turn, the safest state in the U.S.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 26 responses

  • 35% Excessive drinking
  • 29% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 15% None
  • 8% Drugs
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Theft/robberies
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 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% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 25 responses

  • 12% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 24% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 35% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 35% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 62% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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