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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't know of any major problems

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The facility is a bit old but the service and the people there make the experience comfortable.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is a lot of crime on campus and also a lot of police worried about parties. Instead of trying to bust every single party, they should be concerned with the crime on and around campus. This has gotten even worse lately.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is pretty safe. There is definitely help available 24/7 you just have to take the initiative to call and ask for help. However if you are in trouble most people will help you and help save a life. Though outside campus there are pretty serious problems sometimes that needs to be taken under concern. Thefts and robberies are normal on campus and that area needs to be improved it. Since UDEL is an open campus that is another concern. It should be made a closed one and they are also working in prohibiting cigarette smoking in public which is a positive move.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus


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  • 437th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 727th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1295th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Todd
Newark, Del.
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While there have been problems with the safety and security of a handful of UD students, there is essentially nothing to worry about. Safety issues are not uncommon in a college atmosphere such as Newark, where alcohol and youth account for a good majority of the crime. UD is certainly no worse than any other large campus and, if you put a little effort into avoiding bad situations, you should come through college unscathed.

On a day-to-day basis, most students don't really worry about security. While it is always wise to keep an eye on your belongings, crime isn't a major focus. The number of muggings, attacks, and rapes has been quite high, with the result that students have been a little more aware of their actions. There are many safety features on campus that help get students from one point to another, but these same features sadly do not extend to off-campus locations. This weakness has been a major issue, as nearly half of all UD students live off campus, and UD has taken some steps to change it. No college is completely free of problems, but Newark is a small town that is relatively safe and secure.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 32
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 8
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
413 Academy St.
(302) 831-2222
Safety Services
  • Bicycle identification
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Operation Identification
  • Rape Aggression Defense
  • Silent Witness Reports
Health Center
Student Health Services
Laurel Hall
(302) 831-2226
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Counseling and student development
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Immunizations
  • Inpatient services
  • Laboratory services
  • Massages (discounted service)
  • Medical clinic
  • Medication dispensary
  • Men's health
  • Nutrition
  • Radiology services
  • Self-care cold and wound centers
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic
  • Wart clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Theft is the crime with the second highest number of incidences. Leaving your things unattended in the library makes you a prime target, so keep an eye on your things. Even books are a valuable commodity to a thief on campus.
  • Even if you are 21 or older, you cannot walk around in public with an open alcoholic beverage. You will receive a fine for an open container violation.
  • You can now get emergency contraception (also known as the morning-after pill) at the Health Center thanks to the activism of certain student groups.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 115 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% None
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 12 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 114 responses

  • 38% High quality, very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 115 responses

  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 45% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 27% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 115 responses

  • 15% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 63% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 22% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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