Health & Safety

West Hartford, CT
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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: if you go into the health services they make you take a strep test even if you have a clearly inflect skin infection because they want the $20 copay. I see more cocaine than i do than people studying during finals week, the movie savages sums up our weekend activities.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: PS is pretty lax around campus. However, this campus is not unsafe in a way that I feel threatened, I just wonder if people would easily be able to get in or if something were to really go wrong, things could be taken care of.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never used our health services here on campus. It pretty much works like a walk in clinic, so it has its good days and its bad days. The best part about it is that it is here on campus. It is only open during the weekdays until 5pm but there are two hospitals in the area in case of an emergency. Within health services they offer physical therapy services as well as a pharmacy where you can have your prescriptions delivered. As for safety, I have never felt unsafe on this campus. I honestly believe it is a bubble. We typically only have Hartford students or staff on campus so we do not have to worry about locals coming on to campus. Public Safety is on duty 24/7 and can be reached by phone at all times, both through a regular line and an emergency line.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I can't complain about the facilities or the security, other than that the dorms don't appear to be very secure or safe and the food at both cafeterias made me sick multiple times. Thankfully health services took care of me when it did.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Public safety is always around campus on bikes in cars and on foot. All entrances close to campus after 10 pm except for one entrance that is guarded by a public safety officer and a hartford police officer checking IDs to make sure only students are coming on campus.


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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 54 responses

  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 12% None
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 6% Drugs
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 54 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 39% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 31% 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 54 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 30% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 19% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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