Health & Safety

Gettysburg, PA
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe for the most part. DPS has more people in it than the gettysburg police AFAIK. Some DPS officers are assholes and just like to get kids in trouble or harassing them while others (officer pierce) legitimately caring about the students and not being pushy or mean about harmless fun.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Police are very visible. Blue light stations are visible from every location on campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There's a lot of safety around campus especially at night. Every where you go you will find a police going around campus on foot, car and bicycle.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Oh your sick? Heres four packets of salt and some tylenol.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everything is okay for the most part. I personally have not had any problems with safety and security, but some people drink more than they should.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 201st
    Safest Campuses
  • 727th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1156th
    Best Student Health Center

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Steven Moxley
Bakersfield, CA
Computer Science
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Safety and Security is somewhat of a misnomer for those involved with Gettysburg College. Most of the time, it seems that they are concerned only with apprehending students for underage drinking and noise violations, rather than catching thieves and stopping violence. Perhaps it is a sign of their effectiveness at stopping crime before it starts that S&S has time to devote to these endeavors. Of course, I could say the same thing about the tiger repellent I use every day . . . Seriously, though, while Gettysburg is not totally devoid of crime, it is quite easy to avoid getting into situations where your life is in danger. As long as you take minor precautions, such as locking your bike or walking in groups at night, you are unlikely to fall prey to crime. S&S does do a good job of keeping students in line most of the time, and they do offer helpful programs like a 24-hour escort service. S&S is generally quick to respond, and often operates in conjunction with the borough police when crimes are reported around town.

Fire safety is taken quite seriously by S&S on campus. There is easy access to fire alarms in every dorm, and every room is monitored by a smoke detector. Fire drills are carried out at least twice a semester in each building. There are strict penalties for abusing the fire alarms, and smoking is prohibited indoors.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
(717) 337-6911
Safety Services
  • Safety alerts and updates
  • Safety escort service
  • Shuttle service
  • Student patrol program
  • Vehicle and bike registration
Health Center
Health Center
250 W. Broadway
(717) 337-6970
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Assessment and treatment of acute illness
  • Contraceptive services
  • Health education
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory facility
  • Management of stable chronic illness
  • Nutrition guidance
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Self-care cold clinic
  • STD diagnosis and treatment
  • Stress management
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 19 responses

  • 24% Excessive drinking
  • 16% None
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Drugs
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 5% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 37% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 32% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 37% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 63% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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