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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Bucknell's campus. The campus is well-lit and also has the blue light system to help keep students safe. There are always Public Safety officers on duty, and they are never too far away if something goes wrong and you need to call them. Even at night, I feel no potential threat or harm while walking across campus. Bucknell does a great job making the students' safety a major priority.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is a big problem on campus; however, it is being combated with the support of Greek life, the adminstration, and the student body.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Psafe is the best, they are efficent at what they do, and have a great attitude.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: watch out for psafe, good dudes, but they have a job so dont be belligerent in front of them

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Generally, if someone is too drunk to walk, they will be escorted by public safety and not taken advantage of.

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Because Bucknell is located in a somewhat isolated area, there is hardly anything to worry about when it comes to safety and security. The campus is laid out in a manner that further isolates it, as the southern end of campus is lined with acres of cornfields, and the northern and eastern ends are surrounded by neighborhoods. Furthermore, most of the neighborhoods around campus consist of upperclass students. Because the town is small, there isn’t much crime, although Bucknellians do joke about the fact that the school is in close proximity to Lewisburg Penitentiary, a federal penitentiary!

Every week in the "Bucknellian," the student newspaper, there is a published Public Safety log of all the previous week’s offenses. The majority of these deal with underage drinking and public drunkenness. Occasionally, students will hear reports of an unwanted sexual encounter, but these are seemingly due to a miscommunication between the people involved and the fact that, most likely, they were under the influence of alcohol. As a general rule, there is not a problem with theft on campus, but every now and then when students leave their belongings out in the open, items such as books or laptops are taken. However, students usually seem to have more complaints about the consistent presence of Public Safety officers everywhere than they do about safety and security. Public Safety recently became armed, but students have not noticed the difference. Overall, the campus is extremely safe, and the Bucknell community is tight-knit.


Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 18
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 8
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Between Trax Hall and River Road
(570) 577-1111 (emergencies); (570) 577-3333 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Bike registration
  • Controlled dormitory access (key, security card)
  • Late-night transport and escort service
  • Lighted pathways and sidewalks
  • Student patrols
Health Center
Ziegler Health Center
(570) 577-1401
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Medical equipment loans (crutches, etc.)
  • Nutrition counseling
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Physical therapy
  • Referrals
  • Screenings
  • STD screening
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 46 responses

  • 28% Excessive drinking
  • 25% None
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Drugs
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 30 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 45 responses

  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 51% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 73% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 21% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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