Health & Safety

Williamstown, MA
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety is great -- they're relatively well-liked on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They don't bust you; they help you be safe. They're more like your guardians

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: One of the benefits of being in a very rural environment is that there is little to no crime. We will have the occasional security alert but the entire campus is emailed and we get around 2 or 3 a year. The health center is very helpful and we're a 10 minute drive from North Adams regional hospital.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – There is rarely ever a crime on campus, except perhaps small inter-student issues, littering, vandalism, etc. that sometimes require the intervention of security. Essentially it is so safe that the security officers spend a lot of boring, quiet nights looking for reasons to leave the office. Sexual assault prevention has been gaining particular attention recently, and appears to be quite successful.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe Campus – There is a green light system, it is fairly remote and the town is very safe, probably one of the safest campuses around.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 257th
    Safest Campuses
  • 387th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 959th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Semira Menghes
Atlanta, GA
American Studies - Arts in Context
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There is no doubt that the town and college of Williams are safe. College security tries to make it safer by locking random doors and making fire alarms sensitive to the smell of fried onions.

The security staff members are some of the friendliest and most caring people around, but their priorities don’t always make sense. Known for their prompt and kind help, security officers on campus could ease off closing the libraries and be more attentive to drinking problems, but all-in-all, they do a good job of making students feel safe at their home away from home. Overall, the security staff makes sure the campus is safe and that students have a reliable source for their safety needs.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 68
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Safety and Security
Hopkins Hall, basement
(413) 597-4444 (24-hour/non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrols
  • Anonymous tip line
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Rape Agression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Security alerts
Health Center
Thompson Health Center
105 The Knolls
(413) 597-2206
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Eating disorder treatment
  • HIV testing (free and by appointment)
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Orthopedic clinic
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychological counseling
  • Rape and sexual assault hotline
  • Sports medicine
  • Student health education
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 14 responses

  • 53% None
  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Lack of safety escort services
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 31% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 21% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 36% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 36% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 7% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 86% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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