Health & Safety

Swarthmore, PA
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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel like Campus Safety is almost an enemy of the student body. They dont work for us but against us. Unwarranted drug busts and absurd party guidelines are evidence of their over-compensation for failed efforts in the past. I.e miss management of sexual harassment

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus and in the dorms. I walk home late at night, whether from the library or a party, and I never feel unsafe. Despite the campus being an 'open campus,' I have always felt safe because of the town we live in and because most people are respectful in keeping doors shut and in alerting public safety of suspicious people. We do have a lot of high school students from the Ville (town of Swarthmore) that can be annoying and harass students sometimes. This is something that many students have complained about, but there's not much we can do.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Relatively Safe, Great Health Services – There are some issues with vandalism/theft and assault, often involving local people not affiliated with the college, but for the most part Swarthmore is very safe. One of the best student services at Swat would be the health center. It offers free counseling, doctor's exams and gynecological exams, in addition to free OTC medicines and a selection of really cheap prescriptions, if you need them.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe and Relaxed Environment – I have always felt safe on campus. I know numerous people who never locked their doors and never had a problem, although I have heard of people who had their belongings stolen in the cafeteria or from their room. The campus police will not stop you from openly drinking on campus; if you is sick from drinking and want help, the campus police will take you to the health center (and you will not get into any trouble!).

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Completely Safe – I feel safe walking around campus at all hours of the day or night. Swarthmore is 30 minutes from Philadelphia in a very woodsy suburb, so I never feel threatened. Campus Police are around as well, and you can call them if you ever want to be escorted anywhere on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 170th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 240th
    Safest Campuses
  • 692nd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sudarshan Gopaladesikan
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Math and Engineering
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Swarthmore is a relatively safe campus. Aside from a string of minor thefts on campus, there is a very low occurrence of crime at Swarthmore. Violent crime is virtually unheard of, and sexual assaults are practically nonexistent. However, the College could be safer in several respects. For example, if an intruder looks enough like a college student or guest, it would be easy for him or her to gain access to dorm buildings—the intruder can just wait until someone lets him or her in. Also, students often complain that the sidewalks are poorly lit and that there could be a few more emergency phones around campus.

Generally, Public Safety is there when you need them. At campus parties, Party Associates (PAs)—students trained by Public Safety officials—make sure everything runs smoothly. Any major incidents are reported to Public Safety officers. They will escort students to medical help, but they rarely report incidents to the police unless absolutely necessary. At the Worth Health Center, the availability of campus doctors, particularly on weekends and evenings, is a concern, mainly because this seems to be the time when students need them the most. However, the Center does have a distinctly friendly, homey feel that takes some of the edge off of being sick at school. The Health Center is particularly interested in an all too common Swarthmore affliction—stress. In addition to several alternative therapies, the Center offers psychological services to all students, including an on-call psychiatrist.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 18
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Public Safety
Benjamin West House
(610) 328-8333 (emergencies); (610) 328-8281 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Bike registration
  • Closed-circuit television system
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Emergency phones
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Lighted pathways and sidewalks
  • Student patrols
Health Center
Worth Health Center
Off Benjamin West Parking Lot
(610) 328-8058
24 hours when classes are in session
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Common medications
  • Health education programs
  • Infirmary care
  • Lab services
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Orthopedic consultations
  • Physicals
  • STD testing
  • Travel medicine
  • Vaccines
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • All first-year Swarthmore students are required to participate in an intense, student-led Acquaintance Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) workshop during orientation.
  • Worth Health Center has a masseuse, a trained nutritionist, and an acupressure therapist on staff to help deal with student stress.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 16 responses

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

  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 44% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 44% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 18% We have campus police?
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 65% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 6% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 31% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 69% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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