Health & Safety

Location
Fairfax, VA
Undergrads
16,265
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: CAPS and WAVES are very supportive

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The security on campus seems to be great! I have never felt insecure.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Seemed like great security we were always updated if anything went on at school

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have returned to my dorm all times of the night without necessarily having to be too cautious of my surroundings. Fairfax in general is very safe.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus crime is pretty low, and there's not much to look out for.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 270th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 546th
    Safest Campuses
  • 641st
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Hometown
Harrisonburg, Va.
Major
Communication
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While walking alone through the wooded parts of campus can be a little intimidating, a majority of students say they feel extremely safe and secure on campus, and have very few overall safety concerns. The campus itself is well-lit, and emergency call boxes located throughout campus add an extra feeling of security if students do find themselves coming back to their dorm or apartment late at night. If students feel uncomfortable, escorts are available through the Mason Police Department, and can walk with students or give them a lift wherever they’re headed. For female students that want to pickup some badass defense skills for any “just in case” situations, the police also offer free Rape Aggression Defense classes.

A lot of students choose to sign-up to receive Mason Alerts on their phones, which is a system that sends students any emergency messages about school closings or unsafe situations on campus—though there’s never much to report on. The University also looks after its students by providing free visits to Student Health Services (minus any lab procedure charges, of course). Most students don’t know about the free visits, which are a lifesaver when it comes to vaccinations, seasonal colds, or even unexpected injuries like a twisted ankle.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 11
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 11
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
George Mason University Police
4400 University Dr.
(703) 993-2810; emergencies: 911
www.gmu.edu/depts/police
Safety Services
  • Emergency call boxes are located throughout campus if students need immediate assistance.
  • Free Rape Aggression Defense classes are offered to all female students.
  • Police Cadets and Officers are available to escort students to where they're going 24/7. Call (703) 993-2800 to request an escort.
  • Security guards patrol all housing areas during certain hours.
Health Center
Student Health Services
Student Union Building I, Room 214
(703) 993-2831
shs.gmu.edu
Monday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Emergency contraception
  • HIV testing
  • Immunizations
  • Insurance
  • Laboratory
  • Medical records
  • Mental health issues
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatry clinic
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Primary care
  • Smoking cessation
  • STD screening
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
Students are eligible to receive a free visit with a healthcare provider at Student Health Services. There is, however, a fee for lab procedures, medications, treatments, dressings, or supplies.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 133 responses

  • 26% None
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 16 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 133 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 32% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 44% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 51% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 43% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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