Health & Safety

Grinnell, IA
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security is always helpful but I have heard some iffy things about Student Heath Center.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school does a good job of keeping the students safe and has many opportunities where students who don't feel safe can seek for help and that help is available.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In terms of health, Grinnell is great. We have a student health facility that always has plenty of availability and provides excellent service. The nurses are very mom-like when you're sick, and will give you everything you need if you come down with a circulating cold. If they can't help you out, they'll get you to a doctor off-campus ASAP that takes your insurance.

Safety wise, Grinnell is extremely secure. I've never had a moment where I have felt at risk on campus or in town. Most students feel so safe that they go as far as leaving their dorm room doors open 24/7. I will say that I have heard of one instance where something has been stolen from a room, which has caused me to lower the grade from an A+ to an A... But c'mon... One instance of theft on a campus where almost everyone's door is open. In the grand scheme of things, that's nothing!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe. People leave their doors unlocked all the time. That's not always a good idea, especially on Saturday nights, since people will steal stuff, but it's safe enough that people think it's worth the risk. I have also seen people leave their laptop on a table while they go to the bathroom. It's a small enough campus that there really isn't any need for blue phones.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Cute, Small Town – Grinnell is an adorable town of 9,000 people. It has what you need. It is not a big city, and that is precisely why I like it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 202nd
    Safest Campuses
  • 410th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1014th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Akshay Bajaj
Mumbai, India
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The security department at Grinnell is pretty small and inactive, but there’s not much of a reason for it to exist. Violent crime on campus is unheard of, and Grinnell’s self-governance policy means that security guards are discouraged from poking around in students' lives; it is students themselves that are responsible for settling minor disputes. Their main job requirements seem to be opening dorm rooms for people who accidentally lock themselves out and looking up phone numbers for people who call the office. The campus is on 24-hour lockdown, which means that you need your Pioneer One-Card to gain entrance into any dorm. When security is relaxed, the buildings are open to anyone before 10 p.m. For people who are afraid to walk home at night, the security department provides student volunteers to escort anyone to their chosen destination.

In the way of health services, Grinnell has a large number of students who are diagnosed with depression or other mental health issues on campus. Administration is set on providing more ways for Grinnellians to cope with mental problems, including walk-in counseling sessions, a mental health forum that meets regularly, and eight free sessions with a psychiatrist each year. Also, the athletic health department has some excellent physiotherapists that are committed to helping anyone suffering from an athletic injury.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 7
  • Burglary: 13
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Safety & Security Office
1432 East St.
(641) 269-4600
Safety Services
  • Education and prevention programs
  • Emergency phone boxes
  • Escort service
Health Center
Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS)
The Forum, lower level
(641) 269-3230
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Assisting with medical appointments
  • Equipment for loan (heating pads, humidifiers, canes, etc.)
  • HIV/pregnancy testing
  • Mental health
  • Morning After Pill
  • Over-the-counter medicine
  • SubAcute Care Program
  • Testing
  • Transportation to appointments
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
There are "blue buttons" around campus. When pressed, the security team rushes to your side and will take you wherever you need to go.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 15 responses

  • 35% None
  • 30% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Drugs
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 7% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 50% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 43% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 80% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 43% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 57% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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