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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Some people are a little skeptical of the quality since it's such a small town, but if you have a problem they can fix it. Campus safety officers are easily accessible and the administration really seems to care genuinely about student safety. Also, it's generally an extremely safe campus; you can walk around any hour of the night and the only risk you'll likely face is running into an angry deer.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health services is fantastic except that it is down the hill away from freshman. Sexual assault is definitely a serious problem on campus but students are very open to talking about it and raising awareness.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The administration really care and support students on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health center is useful but not very helpful in emergency situations. Takes a while to get a reservation for anything that isn't life threatening.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: There can't possibly be a safer college campus than Colgate. It's bucolic setting and small-town feel make for a very safe, close-knit community with very limited crime. Students respect others' belongings in public spaces and willingly leave them out in the open.


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Tour guides frequently tell visitors that the last time the blue-light system was used was by a student trying to figure out the score of the Colgate-Cornell hockey game. The takeaway: Colgate is an incredibly safe place. While there is occasional petty crime, students tend to leave their residence doors unlocked, instead relying on the four-button code on the front doors of residence halls or ‘Gate card-restricted entries to protect their valuables. Campus Safety patrols on foot and in marked and unmarked vehicles at all hours of the day, maintaining a very visible presence both in town and on campus, often assisting Hamilton police officers with reports of underage intoxication.

While the guys in gray get a bad wrap, they offer a number of underutilized services and spend most of their days issuing parking violations, unlocking locked dorm rooms and jump-starting broken-down cars. Students walk about town at all hours of the day, both with friends and alone and rarely feel unsafe; part of it is a result of the omnipresent Campus Safety officers, but it’s mostly attributable to the nature of quaint and peaceful Hamilton.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 15
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Campus Safety
88 Hamilton St.
911 or (315) 228-7911 for emergencies; (315) 228-7333 for non-emergencies
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Campus policy and criminal investigations
  • Emergency medical response
  • Fire safety awareness
  • Lost and Found
  • Medical transportation
  • Motor vehicle assistance
  • Parking permits
  • Personal safety escort
  • Photo-identification cards
  • Student room lockouts
  • University van licensing
  • Weapons storage
Health Center
Student Health Service - Satellite Clinic
Curtis Hall, Lower level
(315) 228-7715
Monday-Tuesday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wednesday 10:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Health Center
Student Health Services - Main
150 Broad St.
(315) 228-7750
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Immunizations (including those needed for overseas travel)
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • STD and/or pregnancy prevention
  • STD screening
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The 911 dispatch for the area is routed to Colgate's Campus Safety.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 62 responses

  • 29% Excessive drinking
  • 26% None
  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 6% Drugs
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Theft/robberies
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence

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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 61 responses

  • 20% High quality, very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 25% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 61 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 23% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 61 responses

  • 70% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 26% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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