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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Bad area but great camp-po; little crime.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Birmingham-Southern College is listed as one of the safest campuses in the U.S. I feel totally comfortable waling around by myself at night time. Security is top-rated.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Closed campus with police patrolling makes you feel safe, but some of the people on campus at parties can be sketchy.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Rated one of the safest schools in the south! Emergency call buttons to call campus police are all around campus.

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Health & Safety: Although BSC is located in the middle of a dangerous place, our campus police works 24/7 and actively looks after our safety. They will unlock your door if you lost your key or even feed your fish if you're gone on vacation. They really care about our safety and well-being. As for residence life, improvements could be made for health reasons (air cleanliness/filters, mold, insects/rats), but most of the time there are not many problems. Cleaners come every week to take out our trash and clean our bathrooms, and maintenance is always available to call if anything needs to be fixed or repaired.


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From the time you enter the gates until the time you leave, you can feel the presence of security on campus. Each student or faculty member gets signaled in with a friendly wave, and all other guests get registered at the guard shack. There are also blue-light stations with emergency phones that are located all over in times of need. Campus Police cars regularly patrol the premises, and they are always glad to give someone a ride to anywhere they need to be. For each dorm, there is an access code which is required to get into all of the outside doors. Students are told not to give this code to anyone else, and it changes monthly for even more security. Several times throughout the year, the Campus Police sends out an e-mail with security tips on how to keep your belongings safe. Once outside the gates, the neighborhood can be pretty sketchy, so most students tend to avoid it if at all possible. Although there have been several service projects and rejuvenation efforts by both the school and the city of Birmingham, the surrounding neighborhoods remain one of the higher crime areas in the county. Security recommends not traveling alone at night, especially on foot, and they are always on call in case of an emergency. With 18 full-time officers, security seems to be a high priority on campus, and most students feel safe in the somewhat questionable neighborhood.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 2
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Police Department
Bruno Entrance
(205) 226-4700
Safety Services
  • 24-hour escort services
  • 24-hour response services
  • Auto safety inspections
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Long-distance emergency response
  • Vehicle roadside assistance
Health Center
Counseling & Health Services
Norton Campus Center, second floor
(205) 226-4717 (205) 226-7720
Monday-Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Ambulatory clinic
  • Flu/meningitis shots
  • Health education
  • Health problem management
  • Health promotion consultation
  • Laboratory services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Off-campus referrals for serious injuries and illnesses
  • Phone consultations
  • STD/contraception information
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
National staffing ratios call for two officers per 1,000 students; Birmingham-Southern's staffing ratio is 9.5 officers per 1,000 students.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% None
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Drugs
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 10 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 15 responses

  • 73% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 20% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 63% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 32% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 5% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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