Health & Safety

West Hartford, CT
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never witnessed or heard about anyone getting sexual assaulted at my school. I know that there are many emergency stands throughout the campus. Also, public safety is very apparent throughout the campus whether its driving around, biking, or just walking through the halls.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: This year we will have an armed public safety officer on campus and that makes me feel a little safer knowing that our campus is located close to low income housing and potentially anybody could just walk onto our campus. There aren't any poorly lit areas, or places where you can't see an emergency call center. I feel safe knowing that there are alerts sent via text message whenever there is any kind of disturbance or threat to the safety of the student body.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It never hurts to walk with a friend at night. Public Safety patrols regularly, but if you need them it's better that you call their non-emergency or even their emergency phone number to get their attention.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have always felt fairly safe and secure on campus. I've never found myself actually scared on campus. Although, if I'm ever walking back to the village past 1am and it's a ghost town outside it's kind of spooky, but that really has nothing to do with the campus, and rather just the fact that walking around past 1 am can be a little spooky anywhere.

I think public safety does a great job of keeping things in line. I like how they guard the entrances and check ID's on the weekends past 10 pm, I think it's really smart.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Wish they were open on Saturdays and during breaks.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 384th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 660th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1319th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Public Safety, or PS, as it is commonly known around campus, is the safety enforcer on campus. Public Safety officers are seen all around campus, either walking around, at their posts, or driving around in their cars, and they have no shame in doing their job. They are always on call, and PS headquarters has a regular phone line and an emergency one. There are also poles around campus that give students direct access to Public Safety in the event of an emergency. The officers do a reasonably good job of protecting the students, but some say that Public Safety pays more attention to parking violations than the safety of the students.

The health center is located behind the Sports Center and is open on weekdays. Students are seen by appointment, which can be made by phone or in person, but they will take you in without an appointment in the event of an emergency or a quiet day in the office. A variety of services are offered at the health center, including acute care, a full women's clinic, STD and lab testing, and an allergy clinic. They also prescribe medication that is available at the center for a minimal fee. The staff is very nice and glad to help the students, and the health services here generally work very well for everyone. The one negative is that while most services are free for undergrads, there is a fee for some things, and Health Services will not accept your home health insurance, so you must pay any acquired fees at the time of service.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 50
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Northeast side of campus parking lot E
(860) 768-7985 (non-emergency); (860) 768-7777 (emergency)
Safety Services
  • Anonymous tip line
  • Crime alerts
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Emergency phones
  • Mass text alert system
Health Center
Health Services
Sports Center, ground floor
(860) 768-6601
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical care
  • Health and wellness education programs
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Massage therapy (by appointment)
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medicines
  • STD testing
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Lost and found items are held at Public Safety headquarters.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 60 responses

  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% None
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 7% Drugs
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 60 responses

  • 5% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 30% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 37% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 32% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 35% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 28% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 28% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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