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Health & Safety


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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's a safe place, but we are ignorant to some things

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: A lot of conversations on campus involve preventing sexual assault, the administration works really hard to prevent it form happening.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Students really care about one another and how everyone's behavior affects the community.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health center is not really helpful.... But you are safe here

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Only about half of the campus is aware of sexual assault.


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Most students agree that Denison's campus is safe. Security is usually not terribly visible on campus, but patrols become much more prominent on weekends and at night. Students find the security guards approachable, and many will stop to talk with students as they do their rounds for the evening. Denison is currently trying to crack down on security, and now no one is allowed to swipe into any residence hall after 11 p.m., unless they are a resident. There are also blue-light phones scattered around campus for students to use in case of an emergency. In addition, there is an escort service for students to use at night if they wish, although most are comfortable enough to walk alone. When a student does call for an escort, it is usually more out of laziness than fear—lots of students don't like to walk up and down the hill. Dorm security is fairly lax, but that is changing. Dorms are locked 24 hours a day to nonresidents. However, there are no reception desks in the dorms, and if someone really wants in, all they have to do is wait until a student walks out. Thus, it is always a good idea to lock your door to lessen the risk of any valuables being stolen. Safety is not really an issue at Denison, but it pays to be smart and make intelligent decisions in order to minimize the possibility of finding yourself in an unsafe situation. Whisler is Denison's health center that provides not only medical help but also counseling. Some students say Whisler is not very helpful, but it does not hurt to go down and talk to someone if you are not feeling well. Since it is a very small campus, viruses tend to spread quickly among the students. Whisler is open 24 hours and is located on East Quad. If you do not want to walk there, you can have security drive you.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 16
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Security, Safety, and Risk Management
Entry level, East End Garage
(740) 587-6482
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Safewalk
  • Satellite security offices
  • Self-defense courses
Health Center
Health Services
Whisler Office
(740) 587-6200
Daily 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Nurse on call 24/7
Health Services
  • Allergy treatment
  • Basic medical care
  • Emergency care
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Medications
  • Physicals
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Denison also has an office of Alcohol, Drug & Health education, which helps students develop healthy and responsible habits, attitudes, and lifestyles.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 45 responses

  • 22% Excessive drinking
  • 20% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 13% None
  • 7% Drugs
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Violence among students
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 18 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 45 responses

  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 71% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 21% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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