Health & Safety

Richmond, IN
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of talk. Less action.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: While this school is relatively safe, there have been a few incidents that worry me. For instance, this past semester there were two individuals arrested on campus for carrying concealed weapons (guns). We were also warned of another individual who was driving around in a van, and asking female students to come up and give him directions.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security officers and health staff are kind generally

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Occasionally you do hear about people getting mugged or something, but for the most part campus is really safe. I feel just fine walking around at night, and security will give you an escort to wherever you're going on campus if you want.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Always Felt Very Safe.. The Earlham campus takes 2-3 minutes maximum pretty much to walk to anywhere, including most of the student housing. I never felt unsafe, though it's poorly lit at night. I never heard of any incidents, like muggings or stabbings like you might hear of from some city college. Earlham was/is very safe.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 172nd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 805th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 903rd
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anna Benfield
Takoma Park, Md.
Women's Studies
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Earlham's Public Safety Office can be reached 24 hours, and they are an inconspicuous, though reassuring, presence on campus. There are no blue phones or escort services, but the campus's small size means that security is never far away, and students can't help but develop a great sense of familiarity with the campus and their peers, evidenced by the many unlocked dorm rooms and bicycles on campus. Earlham prides itself in its sense of community responsibility. Sometimes, however, students can be blinded by the laid-back Earlham attitude and forget that crimes like theft and sexual assault are a reality on all college campuses, no matter how Quakerly they may be. The economy in Richmond has seen better days, but the area around Earlham is mostly homey and residential, and while almost everyone on campus feels safe most of the time, some may not want to walk back to their dorms alone at night or leave their bikes unlocked. While many Richmondites are lovely people, it is not unusual for Earlham students to report seemingly random acts of confrontation or intimidation.

In general, however, students look out for each other and feel safe on and off campus. As most of the hidden dark side of student relations involves alcohol consumption at parties, it's important to go to parties with friends you can trust. If you take simple precautions, you won't get bent out of shape staying safe. Crime is minimal, and most of the time, Earlham is like a big extended family.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 5
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Public Safety
Earlham Hall, Student Development wing
(765) 983-1400
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Crime and safety alerts
Health Center
Earlham Health Services
Earlham Hall, first floor
(765) 983-1328
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Free and wholesale-priced contraceptives
  • Free counseling sessions
  • Over-the-counter drugs
  • Pelvic and breast exams
  • Pregnancy tests
  • STD testing
  • Vaccinations (for travel abroad)
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Public Safety is in charge of keys, ID cards, vehicle registration, ticketing, and campus fire equipment.
  • Dorms are accessible through ID-swipe locks, and after 2 a.m., you'll only be able to get back into your own hall.
  • Except in life-threatening emergencies, your medical information will not be released to your parents without your permission.
  • Counseling Services has evening hours one day a week and offers online appointment scheduling. Visit the website at for information.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 12 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% None
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 33% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 17% Not very visible.
  • 25% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 25% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 58% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 17% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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