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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: They have definitely improved over time, but are a farrr way to go.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus and security is made available upon request.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The local S&S security personnel are always a few steps away.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Since the start of freshman year, there have been at least 5 underclassmen who have been "Good Sam'ed" (as in taken to Dick's House to rest for the night) for drinking too much. People still steal other students' bikes from time to time too, but mostly if said bikes were unlocked. I have not heard of any new cases of sexual assault this year, but that doesn't mean it's not happening. The same goes for drug use. However, I still feel safe on campus. I feel safer walking about at night in the streets of Hanover than I did in the streets of Lebanon because there are streetlights and other students everywhere. Police cars and emergency phone spots are also around town too. In my dorm building, everyone is respectful and trusting of each other so most of us don't even lock our rooms during the day anymore either. Overall, I can say Dartmouth is a safe place, but there's still some work that needs to be done.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety and Security, or S&S, is very good about using official college channels to deal with underage drinking. This is in comparison to Hanover Police, who are much less forgiving. S&S are great at responding to emergencies, and are always noticeably patrolling campus. The Good Samaritan policy, designed to incentivize responsible drinking and bystander intervention, is a great program.


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With little influence from the outside world, serious crime in Hanover is virtually a non-factor. Bike theft is common, but Dartmouth’s Safety & Security team (S&S for short) does a good job of tracking down stolen property. Students are always encouraged to lock their dorm room doors and secure freestanding bikes to designated bike racks, but the fact that many fail to comply with even these relatively hassle-free guidelines demonstrates how little concern students tend to have for safety and security issues on campus. Blue-light safety phones are a near-ubiquitous feature on college campuses these days, and Dartmouth is no exception. S&S maintains a visible presence on campus and remains vigilant in the unlikely event that trouble should arise.

With classes, activities, and friends to keep up with, college students in general shouldn’t have to worry about their personal safety or the security of their belongings, and at Dartmouth, they don’t have to!

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 20
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 22
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Safety and Security
5 Rope Ferry Rd.
(603) 646-4000
Safety Services
  • Aggression defense
  • Bicycle registrations
  • BlitzMail bulletins
  • Blue-light phones
  • Engraving of valuable items
  • Escort service
  • Rape prevention tactics
  • Weapons storage
Health Center
Health Service (Dick's House)
5-7 Rope Ferry Rd.
(603) 646-9400
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours nurse
  • Allergy clinic
  • Blood testing
  • Counseling services
  • Immunizations
  • In-patient care
  • Orthopedic clinic
  • Pharmacy
  • Sexual assault peer advisers
  • Sports medicine
  • STD and HIV testing
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
According to the FBI, Hanover is the safest town in New Hampshire, which is, in turn, the safest state in the U.S.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 30 responses

  • 35% Excessive drinking
  • 30% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 16% None
  • 7% Drugs
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 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 9 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 29 responses

  • 28% High quality, very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 40% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% 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 30 responses

  • 63% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 33% 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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