Health & Safety

Fredericksburg, VA
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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: People don't realize just how unsafe this campus really is. The doors to all of the dorms, with the exception of Eagle Landing and MAYBE randolph and mason can be pried open if you give it a good yank and put your foot to the wall. There are no staff to check to make sure the person entering the building is a student or a resident. Every so often you'll find a homeless person in the common shower room. There was a guy who pretended to be a pizza man who'd come into dorms and put peoples computers inside the fake pizza boxes to steal them.

I know of many people who have been sexually assaulted on this campus. The campus tells you to report it to them and not to the actual police because the actual police will "just turn you over to campus police." The school doesn't do anything about it because if it gets known/proven then it makes the school look bad. I went to a sexual assault support group event on campus called take back the night and dozens of girls went up and talked about their experience being assaulted. The ones who went up were just the ones brave enough to speak up. It's really sad actually. A girl was raped on campus while walking back to her dorm by a non-student who jumped her from behind a few years back while in the parking garage. It went to court and I'm sure you can google it.

No security camera's anywhere except in Eagle Landing.

Frequent homeless people on campus asking for money/favors.

You get emails on a monthly basis to take caution because there was a shooting near campus.

Do not walk out into the city at night alone. Although this applies anywhere, especially HERE.

The food at WOW wingery is often undercooked. Some guy had metal in his food at seaco. If you look up the state Health report on seaco, you'll probably never want to eat there again. Definitely do NOT eat the sushi.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on the campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only incident I've had was someone stole the cash from my wallet. I forgot it on a table outside the Nest dining facility, and while it was finally turned in to an RA from my building, the 19 dollars was gone. The police were very accommodating and were ready to issue me a new ID if my wallet hadn't been turned in. While the thief was never caught, at least he/she left my cards untouched.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Great Security. Police officers are great.

College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't party or go for long walks at night or anything, so I don't think I have much experience with safety.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 610th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 740th
    Safest Campuses
  • 804th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandy Nicole
Grad Year
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Safety is an area that is amplified at Mary Washington, with safety escort services that, with a quick phone call, will drive students back to their dorm after a night class. The same police make hourly rounds up and down Campus Walk, just to maintain safety. The honor code is emphasized from day one at the University, and the campus' safety environment meets expectations. On campus, students claim they can leave backpacks and laptops around, and they will still be there a week later, untouched.

Generally, the worst it gets at UMW is having a bike or a valuable French II book stolen. It is always a good idea to take precautions anyway, even in such a calm environment, because the risk of having a book stolen or being in imminent danger is a present concern anywhere. Given that, it is important to keep in mind that there are emergency blue-light response systems scattered around campus evenly. Pressing the blue button will not guarantee a quick response, but seeing as the campus is so small, it should not take more than a few minutes for the police to arrive.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 3
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police
Brent House
(540) 654-1025
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Fingerprinting
  • Laptop registration
  • Safety escort services
Health Center
Student Health Center
Lee Hall, Room 112
(540) 654-1040
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shot clinic
  • Route acute health care
  • Women's clinic
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 42 responses

  • 22% None
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 39% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 7% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 41% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 34% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 5% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 37% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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