Health & Safety

Northampton, MA
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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Smith College Campus Police is very present on campus. They are consistently available to students whether it be something minor like getting locked out of your room to a serious emergency.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is generally safe but people do get their stuff stolen in libraries and even dorms. The responses of campus police are usually VERY SLOW. If you really have emergency, call 911 will be a better option.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus. Few people think twice about walking alone at night or leaving their bedroom doors unlocked.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health Services is way out of the way, but they're building a new one much more convenient that will be done in August 2014.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is safe. Not much happens.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 258th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1199th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1343rd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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Students agree that although there is occasional crime on and around campus, they feel secure and are not concerned about their safety. In their houses, residents leave their toiletries and towels in the bathrooms and often leave their doors unlocked. However, this feeling of safety and security on campus can lead Smithies to take risks that they otherwise would not. For example, thefts have occurred when students left doors unlocked over the weekend or during house parties, and doors left propped open for people who forgot their keys have led to incidents in which random people have wandered into houses.

Although there are few security issues on campus, students still complain about Public Safety’s lack of efficiency. For example, one of Public Safety’s jobs is to drive students between two points on campus late at night, but many who call for this service say Public Safety has been reluctant to help and won’t drive a student unless that student says, point blank, “I don’t feel safe walking alone.” While there are officers patrolling the campus 24 hours, they are rarely seen, and students have also complained that lights are usually out on campus, making it difficult to see people and the sidewalk.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 13
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
126 West St.
(413) 585-2490 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Crime alerts
  • Escort services
  • Self-defense classes
Health Center
Elizabeth Mason Infirmary
69 Paradise Rd.
(413) 585-2800
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • On-site nutritionist
  • Physicals
  • Referrals
  • STD screening
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Health Services added the option of visiting a massage therapist on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a small fee.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 37 responses

  • 34% None
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 36 responses

  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 68% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 59% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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