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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I believe the college takes this issue seriously.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Rape is a real threat and especially at Colgate sexual assault is a clear and very present danger. Colgate has on average of 3% more sexual assault than the average college student. After our Campus Climate Survey which interviewed around 800 members of the student body( 75%ish being women) almost 13% of the responders listed some sort of sexual assault. This compared to the national average of 9%ish is very scary. There have been numerous movements and sitins in order to prompt the university into acting and changing the system, however, their voices have fallen upon deaf ears. Colgate will always experience abnormal amounts of sexual assault because of the Greek system and its many flaws.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus. I am not alone in saying that I often will leave my belongings in the library or another study area unattended for any amount of time, and am confident that it will still be there, untouched, when I return. I have no qualms about walking back to my dorm late at night after studying for a big test, as I know I am always safe. Campus safety officers are really helpful and truly look out for the good of the students, though they often get a bad rep for breaking up a party or two.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Colgate is extremely safe. People don't ever lock their doors and you can leave a laptop in the library unwatched for hours and not have to worry that it will be gone when you get back.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: General campus safety and security is good. There are close to 0 reports of theft. However, some campus safety officers are not well-trained, especially in regards to race and mental health concerns.


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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 72 responses

  • 29% Excessive drinking
  • 24% None
  • 17% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 7% Drugs
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Theft/robberies
  • 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 28 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 71 responses

  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% 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 77 responses

  • 70% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 26% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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