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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.