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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: My room was broken into this past year so of course I'm biased. I wasn't in the room at the time but the violation of privacy has significantly decreased my trust in Residence Life and the general population of Berry. I did, however, think Berry was very safe until that incident happened. I could leave my laptop out in the library and run to my dorm an return without anything happening to it. Berry is *generally* safe, but I definitely don't like how the administration treats sexual assault/sexual misconduct cases.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Berry tries its hardest to be a very safe campus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: still a slight chance of worry

5 College Student

Health & Safety: Berry has a very low crime rate especially compared to other schools. This doesn't mean that Berry is perfectly safe though.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Berry is a super safe place. People routinely feel safe enough to go on night walks to enjoy the scenery.


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Campus police have a strong presence at Berry. They enforce campus-wide rules effectively and are quick to respond when needed. In addition, resident assistants enforce housing rules and address noise problems in a timely manner, even if they are more lax with upperclassmen. When it comes to issues like alcohol, though, the general consensus is that the rules are only enforced when students are overt and loud about its presence. It’s an out-of-sight, out-of-mind issue, but if someone is tipped off that alcohol is present, RAs are expected to follow up on that person. Berry’s community-feel has caused many students to leave their dorm rooms unlocked and to be unafraid to venture around town at 2 a.m. Recently, however, a female student was attacked in a parking lot at night, and the attacker was never caught. Instances like these do not happen very often, being only the second known incident in two years, but students should be more aware of their surroundings. Make sure, when possible, that you travel with friends at night and have Campus Safety’s number in your cell phone; Berry makes sure you memorize it when you first come to campus to make you feel safer at all times.

If students are having health issues, they can go to the Ladd Center, which is the infirmary on campus. Students have complained that they are not the most reliable when calling in prescriptions, but they do offer free flu shots a couple of times per year, and they were able to give students the H1N1 vaccine for free, as well. In addition, there is a doctor and gynecologist on campus; you need to call to make an appointment, and there can be additional costs.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 8
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Berry College Police
490186 Berry College
(706) 236-2262 emergency; (706) 368-6999 non-emergency
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Berry Alerts
  • Emergency stations in parking lots throughout campus
Health Center
Health and Wellness Center
Behind the Science Building
Ext. 2262
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Flu injections
  • Medical equipment
  • Prescriptions
  • Referrals
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 40 responses

  • 20% None
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Drugs
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 32 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 40 responses

  • 35% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 51 responses

  • 71% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 25% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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