Health & Safety

Decorah, IA
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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: If something happens someone is there to talk to you and help you out.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: From what I've seen campus is a very safe place. Crimes that do happen are the exception, and usually occur off-campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe and secure. However, campus security can seem a little too strict sometimes.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is so safe at Luther that many people feel comfortable leaving their laptops in study lounges if they need to go to the bathroom or grab something from their room. Even for longer periods of time. I've only ever heard of one person loosing their backpack for two days, and that was because someone else had thought that it was lost and had turned it into the lost and found.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally, I always feel very safe on campus. The campus police are always available when needed and ready to act. Campus crime is very low, and mass warning texts come from the college to each student warning us if we are ever in danger.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 99th
    Safest Campuses
  • 336th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 600th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

William Morris
Wausau, WI
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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Luther College and Decorah in general could not be any safer if they came straight out of a '50s sitcom. The campus, city, and surrounding area are all places in which students can feel comfortable at all times. The campus police department gets a bad rap for issuing a lot of parking tickets, but they do a lot of other things for students, like giving rides to injured students, unlocking and jumpstarting cars (especially important in the winter), and helping drunken students with whatever treatment they might need.

Due to the small campus size, transportation and group excursions have no curfew, allowing students to have fun at any time they wish. This does not mean, however, that you have a license to do whatever you want. Students are still encouraged to travel in packs, especially at night, and doors must always be locked. There are also occasional incidents of violence, sexual assault, and theft, but those are few and far between. Still, you can be encouraged not to live in fear of crime, violence or other problems. As long as students choose not to do anything stupid, they can be assured that they will be living, working, and playing in a safe location.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 1
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Safety and Security
700 College Dr.
911 (emergencies) (563) 387-2111 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Emergency phones
  • Emergency response
Health Center
Student Health Service
700 College Dr.
(563) 387-1045
Health Services
  • General care
  • STD Testing
  • Vaccines
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 20 responses

  • 39% None
  • 16% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 3% Theft/robberies
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Non-students on campus

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 5% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 63% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 26% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 26% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 30% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 70% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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