Health & Safety

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have not run into any situations where I have felt unsafe but it seems as though the security measures and services are good.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The recent case on sexual assault is self explanatory

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The very few crimes that do occur happen off campus in the town. I feel very safe on campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Throughout campus, we have things called blue lights. Which are basically posts with blue lights on them that has a button you can press for immediate assistance from police. Also, on the back of our student id cards, we have numbers posted for police (emergency and non emergency), student police, sexual assault hotline, and a number to call for a cab service

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security or police are always roaming the campus at all times to ensure our safety. They have emergency phones set up along the campus to make us feel safer.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 689th
    Safest Campuses
  • 792nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1066th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
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With emergency phones at every corner, campus escorts ready at the press of a button, and the friendly feel of JMU, students should feel the safest at night. Students tend to travel in packs when going to and from main campus, and with dorms locked 24/7, you can rest easy on dorm safety. Campus police always seem to be nearby, whether on the sidewalk or in their police cars.

Dorms especially do not make it easy for any person, student or nonstudent, to enter. Because of JMU's location in a seemingly small town, it's rare to see any stray locals peeping around campus. While walking to and from campus every day, you might see homeless men in sparing amounts, but usually only in downtown Harrisonburg.  

However, if you are girl and you appear rather vulnerable, it's best to take some precautionary measures when you walk back to your dorm around 12 a.m. or 1 a.m. Speaking to someone on your cell phone, taking the most visible and used path, or trying to pair up with another lone friend can all be used as sensical approaches during the late night. That being said, it's best also to lock dorm rooms and stow any valuable materials away.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 24
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
821 S. Main St.
(540) 568-6912
Safety Services
  • Emergency phones
  • JMU safety committee
  • Public safety suggestions
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • SafeRides
  • Safety escorts
  • Silent Witness
Health Center
University Health Center
Montpelier Hall, 235 Cantrell Ave.
(540) 568-6178
Monday–Wednesday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Bloodborne pathogen training
  • Emergency contraceptives
  • Flu shot
  • HIV and STD testing
  • Immunizations
  • Lab tests
  • Nutritionist
  • Sexual assault services
  • Traveling abroad
  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Women's health clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The Silent Witness Form, located online on the Public Safety Web site, allows students to anonymously and confidentially report incidents of crime.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 103 responses

  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% None
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Gang violence
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 13 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 102 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 30% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 36% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 102 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 64% 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 102 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 38% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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