Health & Safety

South Bend, IN
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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: St Liam's sucks. I think the health services are the worst part of ND. They need to get more doctors working there. The nurses don't know anything. I am generally disappointed with the health services. If you have a big issue though, there is a hospital close by and other health services not affiliated to ND are close to campus. As far as safety goes, campus is relatively safe. DON'T walk in South Bend alone at night. It is dangerous and there is crime in downtown South Bend. ND is very sheltered and there are very few crimes. In fact, people leave their laptops and stuff around and expect that people wouldn't take it, which is generally very true. NDSP are good. They are generally nice and friendly.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The access to dorm buildings is pretty well-controlled, so I feel safe in my dorm. However, there have been numerous incidents when students are walking back to their dorm at night and are attacked. This could be prevented if they had officers walking around on campus during this time of the night.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We are always informed of crime statistics and provided with safety precautions to go by. The administration takes this sort of thing very, very seriously

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: We get an email every time there is "forced fondling"on campus, which usually happens after a night of partying. It happens often, but faculty and staff deals very well with it.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only safety concern is for females and the "forcible fondling" incidences.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 24th
    Safest Campuses
  • 762nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 974th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Barker
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These days, the thought of living in a safe neighborhood where no one locks their doors is just a memory of a time that existed on black and white television sets. But it seems that Notre Dame belongs back in the good old days. Aside from the occasional sneaky drunkard clumsily stealing a bike in the middle of the night, the majority of students agree: there is virtually no crime under the Golden Dome. Besides football weekends, many Notre Dame students say that they leave their dorm rooms unlocked. And thanks to the small size of the campus, the presence of Notre Dame security, the blue-light phones, and student organizations such as ND SafeWalk, most students confess to strolling along campus at all hours of the night without a care in the world.

South Bend, however, is a stark contrast to campus. Students recommend avoiding many areas of the small industrial city, and some describe incidents where other students have had problems with theft or muggings while in South Bend. But most agree that these things can be avoided-stay away from particular neighborhoods. While the Notre Dame campus is virtually crime-free, the atmosphere of the surrounding South Bend area brings down an otherwise top grade.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 43
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 5
Security Office
Notre Dame Security Police
Hammes Mawbray Hall
(574) 631-5555
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Campus Shuttle
  • Emergency management
  • Lost and found
  • Parking and traffic
  • Rape Aggression Defense
  • Residence hall security
  • SafeWalk
  • Sexual assault prevention
  • Silent Watch
Health Center
University of Notre Dame Health Services
Saint Liam Hall
(574) 631-7479
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling services
  • Immunizations
  • Inpatient/observation unit
  • Lab facilities
  • Medical service outreach
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Transportation to off-campus medical facilities
  • Travel consultations
  • Walk-in clinic
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 45 responses

  • 24% Excessive drinking
  • 23% None
  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 7 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 44 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 7% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 50% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 66% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 27% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 30% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 70% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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