Health & Safety

Lexington, VA
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Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The honor system makes everyone feel very safe. Friends will always take someone to the health center if he/she needs to go.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security is always on your side and trying to protect you. If they see you at a party too intoxicated, they will take you safely back or to the health center without any repercussions.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. We have a strong honor code and trusting community.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public Safety is very available and constantly patrolling campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: W&L's Honor Code applies to everything, social policies included; thus, it is an unbelievably safe place. Students leave bags in front of the dining hall when they go in to eat, and laptops are around the library and in Commons. Stealing is one of the three major tenants of the honor code, so anyone who is caught will face expulsion. Having that said, sexual assault rates are astronomical. That's largely due to the drinking culture around campus. Everyone drinks and has tons of fun, and the health center is a friendly resource to students who are trying stuff out, but there are a few dangers that accompany it, which are present on campus. Drunk driving is a problem. Parties are held off campus, drivers are made available, but aren't always sober.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 34th
    Safest Campuses
  • 41st
    Best Student Health Center
  • 614th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Being a small school nestled in a small town, Washington & Lee has a very safe campus where students can feel comfortable and focus on their studies. Also, thanks to an honor system that maintains a one-strike policy for any cases of lying, cheating, or stealing, theft is virtually non-existent among students. For more public areas, however, like the library or University Commons, no valuables like laptops should be left out, or you could learn the hard way that the honor system does not apply beyond campus boundaries. That said, no part of campus is unsafe, and students can stroll carefree at any time of day or night, thanks in large part to the 24-hour campus security patrols. The Student Health Center is also found highly accessible to campus and provides valuable health services ranging from helping out with colds to dealing with those who may have had a little too much to drink that night.

While campus and Lexington are very safe, some off-campus locations are higher-risk zones. Many Washington & Lee students see that as an apparent disregard for the honor system off campus, leading to sexual assault rates that are above the national average. Though it's nothing that common sense and self-awareness cannot handle, it should be noted that this contrast between environments on and off campus is an issue students are working on. Ultimately, though, Washington & Lee is a great, safe place to go to school thanks to a robust, alert security force and a trustworthy student body.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 13
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Public Safety Office
(540) 458-8999
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrols
  • Emergency management plans
  • Emergency phones
  • Safety escorts
  • Self-defense PE class (for ladies only)
  • Silent Witness crime reporting
  • Traveler safe ride program
Health Center
Student Health Center
Davis Residence Hall, lower level
(540) 458-8401
Daily 24 hours
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Emergency contraceptives
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Physician appointments
  • Referrals
  • Sexual health
  • Travel health
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • The Infirmary has 10 beds for students who need some supervision but aren't sick enough for the hospital. They're comfy.
  • Information about all visits to the Health Center/Infirmary is confidential, except when the law or regulations require disclosure.
  • W&L's security staff has 150 years of combined experience in the art of kicking butt and taking names.
  • Washington & Lee mans its own on-campus security staff, who are responsible for on-campus enforcement of laws and University regulations. Meanwhile, three police jurisdictions overlap outside of town: County Sheriff's Deptartment, Lexington Police Deptartment, and the Virginia State Police.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 22 responses

  • 30% Excessive drinking
  • 30% None
  • 18% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Drugs
  • 6% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 19% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 81% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% We have campus police?
  • 19% Not very visible.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 48% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 9% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 91% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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