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Health & Safety


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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: BMC is on the mainline which is populated by old, rich, white people. Thus, barely any crime. Campus safety is on top of things on campus since it's pretty small.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety is amazing but the Health Center is horrible, inefficient, and costly.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The honor code keeps us feeling safe and respected

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's really safe on campus and even in town. I feel safe even when walking alone on an empty street at night.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center is a joke.. Campus crime is not too bad, maybe a stolen laptop here or there when left unwatched in the library.


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The disagreements about safety revolve more around Public Safety's role on campus than whether they generate safety on campus. With emergency phones aplenty and lights keeping the most traveled night paths bright, the basic safety on this suburban campus is unarguable. The loudest complaint regarding Public Safety regards their unwillingness to retrieve stranded students off campus in bad weather. Some students scoff and wonder how effective the cops, who sometimes patrol the campus sleepily, can be. But in the unusual event that a student or an on-duty cop feels the slightest danger, the situation is controlled and students are notified of precautions they should take. Strangers sighted in dorms, despite the fact that these strangers are usually an unannounced brother or friend, cause common "alarms." There are, however, occasional occurrences of theft in the libraries or dorm rooms.

Two forces keep Bryn Mawr honest: Public Safety's vigilant patrols and the college's Social Honor Code. This code is held sacred on campus. Given the revered nature of the honor code, most students feel very comfortable leaving their possessions unattended in the library and sometimes neglect to lock their dorm rooms. This creates one of the biggest problems for Public Safety, as this behavior allows for thieves from off campus to do their work. Each year there are a few reports of stolen wallets and purses from the libraries, usually while students were just a few feet away. Still, most students are as vigilant as they need to be, considering the location of campus, and do not experience theft.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 19
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety and Transportation
John J. Maloney Building
(610) 526-7911
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Bike registration
  • Campus shuttle system
  • Dorm safety meetings
  • Emergency phones
  • RAD self-defense classes
Health Center
Health Center
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5p.m. 24-hour emergency care
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services (six free counseling sessions)
  • Free or reduced-cost HIV tests
  • Gyn Care
  • Inpatient Services
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • STD screening
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 24 responses

  • 39% None
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 23 responses

  • 35% High quality, very convenient.
  • 39% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 42% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 4% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 83% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 17% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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