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.