Health & Safety

Wilkes-Barre, PA
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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It seems there is a sexual assault or robbery every week. Sometimes multiple accounts. I have no faith in the public safety. Come for a visit, take a look at them, and you'll see what i mean. They're excellent at giving out parking tickets though. Oh, and the parking is very minimal here on campus. Pretty much everyone with a car complains about the parking.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public Safety is a huge help when you lose things

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Health Services is always willing to help you if you have strep or even just a sore throat. Public Safety is ALWAYS present and come immediately if you call. I also take advantage of the Escort Program if I ever feel unsafe walking at night.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is in Wilkes Barre which has a very high crime rate, you have to walk with somebody because there are so many cases of people getting robbed.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus security and safety at Wilkes is pretty fair. There are posts throughout campus with emergency buttons that can be pressed to call for help and campus security will show up. I have been in many of the student buildings (the library and such) until early hours of the morning doing schoolwork and have always felt safe. However, I would never walk around campus without a buddy or large group. You can sign up for a text message alert system that can let you know of any incidents that have happened on or off campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 505th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1043rd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1253rd
    Safest Campuses

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Nicole Frail
Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Kudos must be given to Wilkes University Public Safety. It is rare, if ever, that something violent happens on campus. There is a huge and recognizable Public Safety presence on campus, all donning bright yellow jackets (at least in cooler weather). There is always someone in the dispatch center as well. There are also emergency poles in a few spots on campus, and every dorm has a call-box to enter. Only those with keys or swipe cards can enter. There is a busy crosswalk on South Street connecting most of campus to the Student Center. Rushed drivers sometimes fail to see the students and the bright white lines and pedestrian crossing signs. Yes, a few Wilkes students have been hit by cars. But, since they put up flashing signs, an LCD speed display telling drivers how fast they are going, and brighter paint, crossing is much safer. As for the city, as many students noted, it may be sketchy within a few blocks of campus, but never on campus. From reading local papers, one would think that Wilkes-Barre is a violent city. Crime rates have been dwindling, but in fact, there is still a presence of violence and drugs. City police and police from neighboring boroughs and townships seem to be really on the up-and-up lately and seem to cooperate with campus police to ensure that off-campus residents in the seedy areas like South Wilkes-Barre are being taken care of. On that note, it must be said that off-campus parties in these problem areas often get busted. Off-campus parties in high-rises and other parts of town are less likely to be noticed.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 6
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Public Safety
148 S. Main St.
(570) 408-2349
Safety Services
  • 24/7 patrolling public safety officers
  • CARE (Campus Safety Reporting Extension)
  • Community notification reporting
  • Emergency pole
  • Safe Escort Program
  • Safe Ride program with local cab company
  • Swipe card entrance to all residence halls
Health Center
Health Services
Passan Hall
(570) 408-4730
Health Services
  • Free condoms
  • Free medical transport
  • Health screening
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Nebulizer treatments
  • Nursing assessment and physician referral
  • Refrigeration of allergy medications
  • STD counseling
  • Treatment and medication for injury
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Wilkes University Health Services passes out about 6,000 condoms per year.
  • Wilkes University hosts Sexual Jeopardy for educational purposes every year. The event is sponsored by the biology department and Health Services.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 15 responses

  • 20% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Gang violence
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% None
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 7% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 67% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 33% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 47% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 40% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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