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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus has a friendly, safe environment. There are posters on all the bathroom stalls citing various resources in the event of a sexual assault.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I do feel very safe.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I would say I definitely feel as safe as I could possibly feel on a campus in a city. There are always campus police roaming around and there's always access to public safety. However, I've seen a lot of people experience sexual assault, roommate abuse, etc. and the campus has done nothing for them. So for me, it hasn't been awful, but I've seen the school overlook a lot.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Have never felt unsafe on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: AU actually over does it on the health and safety aspect. From having multiple mandatory courses and seminars that students have to complete, to forcing Greeks to take additional seminars. There are posters in every bathroom stall detail actions that can be taken, as well as contact information for support services, for those that have experienced unwanted attentions.

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AU's location in the affluent D.C. suburb of Tenleytown means that there's a lower risk for crime at AU. The campus police are visible and effective, providing students with a strong sense of comfort and security. There are blue-light phones available throughout campus in case of emergencies, and security responds quickly and effectively to incidents. 

In fact, the AU campus police may appear stricter and more vigilant than other schools' police only because of the lack of serious incidents for them to attend to. For the most part, the most serious crimes reported on campus are alcohol violations in the dorms. In addition, being literally around the block from the Department of Homeland Security and the Japanese and Swedish embassies means the cops are not only looking out for students, but for the country, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 43
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Public Safety
Public Safety Building
(202) 885-3636 (emergency); (202) 885-2527 (non-emergency)
www.american.edu/finance/publicsafety
Safety Services
  • Background check
  • Blue-light phones
  • Crime alerts
  • Daily crime log
  • Educational programs
  • Escorts
  • Police report management
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Safe ride to campus
  • Video surveillance
Health Center
Student Health Center
McCable Hall, first floor
(202) 885-3380
www.american.edu/ocl/healthcenter
Monday-Tuesday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday 9:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Health Services
  • Counseling
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • Primary care medical services
  • Referrals
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • AU offers its own health insurance to students.
  • Sibley Hospital is always available to students in an emergency. They are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the ER can be reached at (202) 537-4080.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 132 responses

  • 20% None
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Non-students on campus
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 85 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 132 responses

  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 9% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 151 responses

  • 62% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 35% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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