Health & Safety

Location
College Park, MD
Undergrads
24,486
Tuition (in-state)
$27,287 ($8,908)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Campus Police is extremely involved on campus and ensure that when on campus there is the least amount of threat possible. Furthermore, they are quick to respond to incidents without being accusatory. They patrol areas immediately of campus as well that are frequented as a part of the night life of the campus to ensure the safety of those places as well.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have not heard much about safety problems on-campus but when I do it is something along the lines of robbery and once I heard something about a girl being sexually assaulted in one of the buildings I used to go to rather frequently.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Your friends will probably get mad at you for walking alone, but I would say that safety is pretty standard on campus and the school takes a vested interest. They have security alerts and those emergency buttons all over campus. We had an issue with a few students getting run over on the streets near the bar, and the administration immediately stepped in to try and deal with it. Can't say I've seen progress yet but there is definitely talk about ideas.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The police are on the clock 24-7, they are still working to improve in certain areas. I think that a lot of these issues have definitely been brought to the light though in the past few years.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: If you're on campus you mostly have nothing to worry about. But at night (mainly on the weekends) if you find yourself in the wrong place late at night alone you run the risk of getting mugged. But hey, what do you expect living so close to D.C.? Anyway, robberies do happen, but not very often.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 160th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 256th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1377th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paul Yu
Hometown
Bethesda, MD
Major
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Maryland’s Department of Public Safety, University Police, and numerous educational programs on campus provide a safe and prepared community for most students, but the location of campus causes potential concern. No matter how many video cameras, emergency phones, or neighborhood watches there are at Maryland, trespassers, vagrants, and criminals will still make their way beyond the gates after hours. As students will learn from experience, educational programs, or word of mouth, these evil-doers could very well be a legitimate part of the Maryland community, such as students themselves. Like many campuses nationwide, there are petty thefts, a few robberies, and a couple of reported sexual assaults each semester.

For students concerned about being out at night, here’s an easy tip: practice running fast. The best method of traveling across campus without a car after dark is to run. It is not only healthy and time-saving, but it also lessens the chances of an attack. Many criminals prefer running from the police than running after their prey. If a student chooses not to take the suggested athletic way to prevent being a victim, then there are always other methods of being safe, such as using one of the many exceptional resources on campus like escort services. The easiest way to prevent a crime is to walk with friends.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 6
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 140
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 8
  • Sex Offenses: 15
  • Vehicle Theft: 39
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Service Building (003)
911 (emergencies); (301) 405-3555 (non-emergencies)
www.umpd.umd.edu
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Campus text alerts
  • Early warning system (sirens)
  • Personal security presentations
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Ride/walk along program
  • Sexual assault awareness
  • Video camera security system
Health Center
University Health Center
Building #140
(301) 314-8180
www.health.umd.edu
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours nurse line
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Dental care
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Men's and women's reproductive health care
  • Mental health care
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational health
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Primary care
  • Radiology
  • Urgent care
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • The UM Department of Public Safety is the only university police department in the state to offer a fully-certified, entry-level police training academy.
  • Students can sign up for text alerts when a campus-related emergency occurs-including early notification on snow days.
  • Students can also check this link for any emergency information: http://www.umd.edu/emergencypreparedness/weather_emer/.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 191 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 15 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 190 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 11% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 47% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 191 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 22% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 191 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 36% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% Extremely safe and secure on campus.

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