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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Public Safety really does care about the safety of the students. The health center is okay, but they are going to go through renovations so it will be better hahaha.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I got sick in the middle of my first semester and the health center was pretty helpful for me. They listened to me, got me the help I needed, and that was that.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This campus is incredibly safe. While crime does happen, the majority of it is someone stealing ice cream from the communal fridge.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Everywhere on campus there is always a campus safety number. One of the first thing emphasized to the first years at Bryn Mawr is to have the number of campus safety and to call them for literally anything.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety is involved the perfect amount in student life. They don't care if you smoke or drink as long as you aren't being dangerous about it. They generally care about the well being of the students and do their best to accommodate. I've never seen them write a ticket or citation. The most common offense is smoking in the dorms which is taken pretty seriously because the dorms are flammable.


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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 30 responses

  • 39% None
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 17 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 30 responses

  • 40% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 80% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 17% 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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