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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not great where it counts. I was a disabled student at AU and the lack of health services was a real struggle for me. The health center is very small and not convenient at all. I was lucky enough to have a friend who would drive me to a hospital as needed, but I am sure there are others with serious health issues like me who are not as lucky, and AU really needs to work harder to address these concerns. My friends with mental health issues really struggled too. In general my medical issues were not taken seriously and I was forced to fend for myself. But outside of my own particular problems, if you can manage to make and keep an appointment at the health center, they can give you shots to help with the flu or cold. If your problem is more serious you will have to go off campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have a supportive community and people actively working to combat sexual assault but it is still a problem

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I know a few people that have been sexually assaulted - and this only in my freshman year.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty safe. Some areas could be better-lit and some buildings could remain open later so students coming back to dorms later have a place to rest if they need it. During the winter, the ground is not salted enough and can be unsafe.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This is a politically active school of self aware student constantly fighting issues of sexual assault. There is the danger of being in D.C but never on campus would something like this occur.

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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 93 responses

  • 22% None
  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 26 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 93 responses

  • 28% High quality, very convenient.
  • 32% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 93 responses

  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 92 responses

  • 63% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 35% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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