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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is really safe, I've never felt uncomfortable walking around at 2AM. Even the surrounding area is pretty safe at night. Of course, this is a major city so there is going to be some crime near the metro stops but generally it is okay. There are public safety officers and cops roaming around everywhere as well, both on and off campus. Thanks to Empower AU and the many other initiatives our school takes to tackle the problem of sexual assault on campus, most students are pretty aware about the issue and some go so far as to stop any situation that looks like it might be headed in the wrong direction. Even at parties where people are drinking, there are guys and girls who are looking out for their fellow students in my experience.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The students and faculty take campus assault very seriously. Consent is a very important concept.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is always police men in their patrol cars going around campus every day and every night. Even when I am pulling an all nighter and I go outside to the library in pitch darkness, I always see the police men looking out for students. I have never encountered any danger on campus, but once I leave the campus, I feel tense and I am cautious. So the change in my attitude from being on campus to off campus exemplifies the safety and security of the campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It is in a safe area and I never feel unsafe

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.

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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 135 responses

  • 21% 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% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 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 89 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 135 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 155 responses

  • 63% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 34% 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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