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Health & Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health services is easily available, but not very great at helping students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus because of the honor code.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: My biggest issue is when the doors to the dorms break.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking at night.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Administration and the organization HOPE are making efforts to prevent sexual assault and update the school's policy for dealing with it. It's not perfect, but they are improving. I'm a girl, and I typically feel safe on campus, although I take precautions when walking alone at night. There is not a lot of crime on campus, and when there is it is taken seriously.

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William & Mary is extremely safe. Theft is virtually nonexistent, particularly among the student community, considering that every student is required to take an honor pledge asserting not to lie, cheat, or steal (a tradition instituted in Thomas Jefferson's time). Most students take this very seriously, and therefore, instances of theft in student centers (like the library, for instance) usually never occur. People are also keen on leaving their doors unlocked for this very reason, which, though it is not condoned, doesn't usually result in theft or assault of any kind. The community also has a very safe atmosphere, considering most of the people you'll encounter during the day include other students, elderly people, or families touring the colonial area. There have been instances wherein a suspicious individual is spotted lingering around residence areas at night, but all occurrences are promptly taken care of by the William & Mary or Williamsburg police departments, which are very quick to respond to any sort of criminal case (which in itself is extremely rare). 

As far as violence or sexual assault goes, instances of such are reported as rarely as a few times a year. William & Mary staff and faculty are quick to send out a message reporting such incidents and any information about culprits in any case, and also to provide students with means of coping with or reporting such instances of assaults. There are various help hotlines for those who have experienced assault, as well, though the occurrence of assault on campus is very rare.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 23
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
William & Mary Police Department
201 Ukrop Way
911 (emergencies); (757) 221-4596 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Alcohol and drug programs
  • Bicycle registration
  • Bicycle safety education
  • Community ride along
  • Emergency phones
  • Fingerprinting
  • Identity theft program
  • Office security program
  • Personal safety program
  • Project ID for students, faculty, and staff
  • Residence hall security program
  • Robbery and theft protection for retail services
  • Robbery and theft services
  • Sexual assault awareness program
  • Student patrol program
  • Workers on Watch program
Health Center
Student Health Center
1 Gooch Dr.
(757) 221-4386
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Eating disorders
  • Evaluation and treatment of mental disorders
  • Health and wellness services
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Laboratory services
  • Medical care of acute and chronic illness
  • Men's health
  • Patient education services
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
All campus residences are protected by electronic key card locks that allow only students in during the day and only residents of the building in at night.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 63 responses

  • 22% None
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 13% Unlit pathways
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Theft/robberies
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 21 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 62 responses

  • 31% High quality, very convenient.
  • 44% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 6% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 5% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 70% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 63% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 34% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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