Health & Safety

Granville, OH
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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety and security are very important to Denison. This past semester many security cameras were installed due to the fact that they are needed and a good use.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I felt extremely safe on campus and was never worried about safety

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I know you can call some people to drive you to your dorm if you do not feel safe about walking back to your dorm.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Its very nice and pleasant.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. Even if there are no campus police around, there are always people around, especially on the weekends. Health services are decent. It kind of depends on where you live and what's wrong with you.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 63rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 355th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 827th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eleni Karahalios
Chicago, Illinois
Economics, English Writing and Psychology
Grad Year
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Most students agree that Denison's campus is safe. Security is usually not terribly visible on campus, but patrols become much more prominent on weekends and at night. Students find the security guards approachable, and many will stop to talk with students as they do their rounds for the evening. Denison is currently trying to crack down on security, and now no one is allowed to swipe into any residence hall after 11 p.m., unless they are a resident. There are also blue-light phones scattered around campus for students to use in case of an emergency. In addition, there is an escort service for students to use at night if they wish, although most are comfortable enough to walk alone. When a student does call for an escort, it is usually more out of laziness than fear—lots of students don't like to walk up and down the hill. Dorm security is fairly lax, but that is changing. Dorms are locked 24 hours a day to nonresidents. However, there are no reception desks in the dorms, and if someone really wants in, all they have to do is wait until a student walks out. Thus, it is always a good idea to lock your door to lessen the risk of any valuables being stolen. Safety is not really an issue at Denison, but it pays to be smart and make intelligent decisions in order to minimize the possibility of finding yourself in an unsafe situation. Whisler is Denison's health center that provides not only medical help but also counseling. Some students say Whisler is not very helpful, but it does not hurt to go down and talk to someone if you are not feeling well. Since it is a very small campus, viruses tend to spread quickly among the students. Whisler is open 24 hours and is located on East Quad. If you do not want to walk there, you can have security drive you.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 16
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Security, Safety, and Risk Management
Entry level, East End Garage
(740) 587-6482
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Safewalk
  • Satellite security offices
  • Self-defense courses
Health Center
Health Services
Whisler Office
(740) 587-6200
Daily 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Nurse on call 24/7
Health Services
  • Allergy treatment
  • Basic medical care
  • Emergency care
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Medications
  • Physicals
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Denison also has an office of Alcohol, Drug & Health education, which helps students develop healthy and responsible habits, attitudes, and lifestyles.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 34 responses

  • 23% Excessive drinking
  • 21% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 14% None
  • 8% Drugs
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 1% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 53% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 24% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 18% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 74% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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