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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have some issues with dorm damage. Otherwise, security is decent

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall, I feel very safe on this campus. I sometimes feel that the campus is a bit dark at night and could use more lighting on Miller lawn! Theft is seldom a problem (but does exist) and most of my friends feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked or computers in the library during meals. I mean, we leave our backpacks outside of dining halls and save our seats with our keys, wallets, and phones!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus but I know that there is a lot of people on campus who don't.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Only after a few of my friends went through the process of reporting sexual assault did I learn how much Colby is lacking. The deans of students have attempted to create conversations this year, and there are peer-training sessions, but sexual assault and misconduct is still not treated with the gravity it ought to have. President Greene takes it seriously, but the system is not set up well for survivors.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt at all unsafe on campus. I can walk anywhere on campus at any hour by myself without feeling threatened (apart from being scared of the dark). People leave backpacks with laptops and valuables unattended outside dining halls or in the library and I have heard of very few incidents of theft. The only campus crime is stupid and petty. For example, many people think it's funny to break exit signs in dorms on the weekend.

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It’s a testament to how much Colby students trust security that everyone seems to feel completely safe on campus, even after the tragic murder of Dawn Rossignol in the fall of 2003. Colby’s isolated location is certainly a reason for this sense of safety. Also, campus security is very visible and well known. Most students can tell you the names and nicknames of at least one security officer, and it’s not uncommon for students to stop and chat with whichever officer is patrolling around outside dances. Students trust one another, so most feel comfortable leaving their books and bags in the library while they meet friends at a dining hall for dinner, and there are very few reports of stolen items. If you lose something, chances are you’ll either find it right where you left it or get a phone call from the person who found it.

Colby's health center is open during the week and offers free counseling services and many medical resources. It is the only college health center in Maine that is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, so everyone feels confident going there. The doctors and nurses are very accessible and approachable. Also, within 10 miles of campus are three of the best hospitals in Maine. It's a fact of college that you will probably get sick, but Colby students find solace in the wonderful health services provided by the College.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 15
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Security
Roberts 128
(207) 859-5530
Safety Services
  • Colby Check (property identification and marking)
  • Courtesy rides by security officers
  • Emergency safety advisories
  • Lost and found
  • Safety whistles
Health Center
Garrison-Foster Health Center
Garrison-Foster, second floor
(207) 859-4460
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours care
  • Basic medical care
  • Counseling
  • Lab services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Physical rehab services
  • Physicals
  • Referrals
  • Self-care medicines and supplies
  • STD testing
  • Travel health
  • Vaccinations
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
This is a tragic but important fact: In September 2003, a senior at Colby, Dawn Rossignol, was found dead about a mile from campus. Her death was ruled a homicide, and her killer, Edward Hackett, a parolee from a prison in Utah, has been tried, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 28 responses

  • 25% None
  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 7 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 28 responses

  • 29% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 4% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 73% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 27% 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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