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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Its in a small town which is relatively safe. People tend to leave their doors unlocked and can walk around campus alone just fine. The only problems are stolen bikes and the sexual misconduct policy. The former can be solved with a bike lock. The later is being worked on by everyone. Police and Campus Security are super helpful and understanding.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus, although my bike was stolen for a few days (and then returned!). Perhaps I should say borrowed, not stolen.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus and generally campus security is there in case of an emergency.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security is pretty good -- sexual assault isn't very prevalent, though there is some theft.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is support for people but it's not perfect


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Not many students at Carleton feel that safety and security is an issue. Northfield is a small, family-oriented town and there's a very low crime rate. The campus is safe and well-lit. The biggest problem is bike theft, usually by people too lazy to walk from one class. If you lock your bike, you're safe. But if you leave it unlocked, just remember that the thieves don't discriminate about the bikes they steal. Your rusty clunker is just as likely get nabbed as the $2,000 jet propelled racing bike that you parked next to.

Laptops have been stolen from rooms, but it's pretty much the consensus that these thieves are not Carleton students. Northfield residents, namely high schoolers, have been known to come on campus and go into unlocked rooms. If you have something valuable in your room, it's just common sense to lock your door. Campus security is largely absent from Carleton life unless they're breaking up parties or giving parking tickets. But for the large part, that's all there is for them to do. They'll happily give you a ride across campus if you ask for it, but they wash their hands of stolen bikes, telling students to take theft reports to the Northfield police.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 11
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Security services
1 N. College St.
(507) 222-4444 (emergencies) (507) 646-4443 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Building security
  • Campus patrol
  • Emergency first-aid
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Fire prevention
  • Safety inspections
  • Safety van
  • Sexual assault and harassment resource line
Health Center
Carleton Wellness Center
1 N College St
(507) 222- 4080
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.- 5p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Gynecological care
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Support groups
  • Travel medicine and immunizations
  • Wellness information on alcohol, anxiety, birth control, depression, drugs, eating disorders, sexual harassment, STDs, and stress
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The safety vans are only supposed to take you to the Rec Center, Goodhue Hall, and Watson Hall, but student drivers usually make exceptions if you're nice.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 33 responses

  • 37% None
  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 12 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 32 responses

  • 12% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 72% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 6% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 6% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 88% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 12% 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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