Stolen food is the most prevalent crime problem at Hollins, as any student who has ever tried to store her pint of Ben & Jerry's in the dorm fridge will tell you. Many students keep their doors unlocked and leave valuables like laptops and phones unattended in public spaces without fear of them being stolen. However, Hollins is an open campus, which means anyone from the community is allowed to walk around, so crime is not always 100 percent avoidable. Reports of actual theft, like stolen iPods, do come up about once a semester.
For that tiny percentage of inevitable crime, the campus police patrol the grounds all day and night, ready to spring into action at the first hint of theft or vandalism. All the officers are very friendly and will smile and wave to students they pass. The officers are happy to do anything to make students feel safe. One drawback to having so many eager, attentive officers on a campus where not much exciting crime takes place is that they hand out parking tickets like Halloween candy.
Though crime is rare at Hollins, illness is not. Health Services is good at putting bandages on minor cuts, but if you have a more severe medical problem, go to a real doctor. At Hollins, your double ear infection will likely be diagnosed as allergies, your mild cold treated as a strep throat, and your leprosy covered with a dollop of Neosporin and a SpongeBob Band-Aid. One service that students do appreciate is counseling. All students can take advantage of six free sessions offered by the health center.