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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: EXTREMELY supportive and safe community.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As an all-womens college there is a huge feminist movement on campus and a majority of students believe in destroying the rape culture that seems to be a part of so many colleges but fortunately is not a part of ours.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe taking a stroll through campus even when its pitch dark out. Campus police patrols the area a lot. If you stay within the limits of the campus i can assure you that you will feel extremely comfortable and safe. Mount Holyoke's campus police is on speed dial.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe, and students typically feel completely comfortable walking alone at night. It is rare that personal electronics/bikes get stolen, but in these instances campus police is more than happy to assist.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very comfortable walking alone on campus due to the safety precautions set by the Campus Police.


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  • 29th
    Safest Campuses
  • 594th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1338th
    Most Visible Campus Police

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Alessandra Hickson
Philadelphia, PA
Art History
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Any crime on campus tends to be petty, involving loss of or damage to belongings. It is extremely rare to hear about a threat to anyone’s physical well being. Still, Public Safety is a very visible presence on campus. Officers are generally very friendly, and the department is well stocked with accomplishments. This is one place where you do not have to worry about being alone at night, which gives much more flexibility in deciding whether or not you’d like to study in the library until midnight. Dorm security is also very good. You can’t get into any of the residence halls without your OneCard (student ID). However, you should still be careful to check who’s behind you before you open the door for them.

Students generally leave their doors unlocked despite a recent spike in thefts on campus, which Public Safety calls “crimes of opportunity”. Students should take extra care and lock their doors during large social events, like Las Vegas Night, when many people on campus are not members of the community and may not be respectful of the honor code. Overall, Mount Holyoke maintains a very trusting atmosphere, regardless of minor burglaries.


Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 22
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Central Services Building, second flood
1-911 (emergencies) (413) 538-2304 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour campus patrol
  • Bicycle registration
  • Emergency blue-light phones
  • Lockout services
  • Officer escort service (from campus parking lots or academic buildings to residence halls between 12:30 a.m. and dawn)
  • Safety workshops
  • Self-defense classes (RAD and karate)
  • Vehicle assistance
Health Center
Patti J. Groves Health Center
Monday-Tuesday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • 24-hour triage nurse
  • Alcohol and drug counseling and support services
  • Allergy injections
  • Anonymous HIV counseling and testing
  • Counseling services including group therapy
  • Immunizations
  • Individual therapy
  • Infirmary
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Outpatient appointments
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription pickup
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Safer-sex supplies
  • X-Ray and lab tests
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • The Sexual Health Educators (better known as *InTouch) are students who, supervised by the Office of Health Education, are on a mission to provide accurate information about sexual health issues to students. They also manage to make it fun; for example, with their yearly Sex and Candy Dorm Workshops.
  • The Department of Public Safety's staff instructor for RAD classes has been nationally recognized by the RAD program. She also helped develop their manual for key-chain defense.
  • Mount Holyoke Public Safety has merged with Hampshire College Public Safety, providing safety and security for both campuses.
  • "Kevin the Party Cop" is the most famous officer on the Public Safety force. Once a presence at parties, Kevin is now lead investigator, known around campus for his happy demeanor, bald head, and riding his segue.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 41 responses

  • 32% None
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 1% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Drugs
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 40 responses

  • 38% High quality, very convenient.
  • 35% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 20% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 40% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 2% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 40 responses

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