Health & Safety

Harrisonburg, VA
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$17,932 ($4,642)
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is no campus crime. I feel completely safe on campus; a good reason why I decided to live on campus for at least 3 years. We have police patrolling the campus all the time and campus cadets and SafeRides and the blue light poles. Everyone has the numbers to all the emergency services on the back of their JACards which are used for practically everything.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't heard of anyone in my personal group of friends having any issues with things like sexual assault, robberies or anything like that. Even though I am a girl and walking around by myself at night can seem scary I have never felt unsafe while on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is very little crime on campus, for example you can leave your stuff in the library and not worry about it not being there when you get back. Dorms are secure and require access with your student JAC card. The number for the police is posted on the inside of every dorm door. Parties come with their own warnings, sometimes you hear of a group that spikes drinks and are infamous for it, but I've never known anyone who this has happened to. Walking alone is a no-no, especially from places that are far from campus, like some apartment complexes, and many of the places to party are along big roads, and some even cross over 81.

The health center is full of qualified professionals, they don't like to prescribe things to students who are really sick, probably at the risk of abuse of these prescriptions or overprescribing. Go to Emergicare or a MedExpress if you want meds for your illness - the health center will give you nothing!

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel that health and safety at JMU could definitely improve.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are police everywhere that drive around and lights around campus that make walking at night safer and less scary.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

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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 97 responses

  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% None
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 97 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 30% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 37% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 97 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 63% 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 97 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 39% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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