Health & Safety

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety on campus is okay.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I love the blue light system because I feel so safe on campus no matter where I go.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The safety and security on campus is impeccable. There are hardly any issues about crime, sexual assault, robbery or anything like that on UMBC campus.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safety isn't an issue on campus. There are a myriad of police officers that stay on campus and are very friendly. There is also a police station on campus. A new student organization has recently become a part of the university that is deeply involved in the safety of not only the students, but the faculty as well. Although there is campus crime, an email or notification is always sent to alert the students to insure that everyone is safe. Most of the time I feel safe on campus during the day and the night time; I usually walk with at least another person when it gets darker. There are lights along every walkway as a safety precaution. Campus safety is very important to the university.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never feel unsafe on campus, not even at night. Campus police are always on duty and they are a call away and campus is generally well lit empty at night as it mainly a commuter campus so I don't have to worry. There are emergency boxes/call stations placed in easily accessible areas but I haven't had to use one and I don't know anyone who has. In regards to crime, UMBC students get alerts whenever something happens near campus so you know where not to be at what time and when to be careful.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 541st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 817th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 976th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Luanna Azulay
Hometown
Arlington, Va./Recife, PE, Brazil
Major
Political Science
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UMBC is a safe campus. All students receive an e-mail any time a crime occurs on campus, and they can also choose to receive text messages in emergency situations. The UMBC police are available 24 hours—they are always on guard, ready to help any students in need and protect them whenever necessary. The staff includes sworn police officers, student marshals, and communications specialists. UMBC is the sort of campus where students can walk around late at night and still feel safe—some students have even reported feeling more safe here than in their own homes. Thefts are so uncommon here that some students will leave expensive property in common areas of campus and come back four or five hours later to find it in the same place (although this, of course, is never recommended).

University Health Services provides health care and educational services to all students, faculty, and staff. UHS offers diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illnesses, immunizations, preventive gynecological care, pharmacy services for prescriptions including birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and even acupuncture and therapeutic massage, among other services. Unfortunately, if you get ill when the office is closed, you may have to take a trip to the local hospital, St. Agnes, which may mean hours of wait. The student nickname for St. Agnes’s is “St. Agony,” a nod to the distress you’ll be in until they get around to you.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 20
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
UMBC Police Department
(410) 455-5555
www.umbc.edu/police
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Fingerprinting
  • Online crime log
  • Rape aggression defense training
Health Center
University Health Services
Erickson Hall
(410) 455-2542
www.umbc.edu/uhs
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Accupuncture
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • Lab testing
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physicals
  • Smoking cessation classes
  • STD testing
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Tuberculosis screenings
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • UMBC Police is available 24 hours a day.
  • The University newspaper, The Retriever, lists all the crimes that occured on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 68 responses

  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 15% None
  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 6 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 68 responses

  • 38% High quality, very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 60% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.

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