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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Crime is pretty rare on campus, but there are some sketchy parts of town right next to campus. DPS has a tendency to overreact or not care (not much in between), but all of the officers are very nice. Safe walk and Safety Shuttle are awesome services that I utilize frequently. Chain of command is an issue at times when dealing with the aftermath of crimes or sexual assault. The college is quite lenient with underage alcohol use - if you own up to your mistake, you're not in much trouble.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The health center is very accessible. Like any campus medical care, it is not perfect. However, if they are not able to help you there are several nearby clinics and hospitals.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime lately from townies has been a little rough but generally I feel safe. However the Wellness Center is completely useless

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DPS does a good job at keeping students safe. The campus is safe, i've never felt unsafe on campus, off campus is a different story though.

The health center is somewhat unhelpful when it comes to certain illnesses, if you need a specialist, they provide transportation to a local practice. For basic illness and screenings, they do their job.

Counseling and Psychiatric services are ok. Depends on the psychologist you're seeing. Sometimes they don't help students enough.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus police are visible and helpful. I feel safe walking home at night. I work in the sexual assault support center, so I have more insight to the problem then the average student on campus, who might report that there are no problems here. The college has been making significant strides in recent years to make the campus even safer.


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Dickinson employs such a tight-knit safety squad—Dickinson Public Safety or DPs—that security has never been much of a concern among students. Though there have recently been a few violent incidents in the area surrounding campus, these are few and far between. There is a blue light visible from nearly every point on campus that can be pressed to contact DPS, who will arrive at the light within minutes. Thus, students generally feel safe walking anywhere on campus at any hour of the day. In addition, Dickinson has recently implemented a “Red Alert” system, which sends out mass text messages and phone calls to students when a crime occurs on or near campus.


It is this tight security that allows students to feel safe on campus. There are rarely safety concerns, but when there are, DPS is on the scene within minutes and maintains contact with the student body throughout the investigation. From their walks around campus to their presence at college events, Public Safety is a constantly visible presence at Dickinson.


Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 4
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
400 W. North St.
(717) 245-1349
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Crime prevention classes
  • Emergency phones
  • Rape and aggression defense classes (RAD)
  • Residence hall programs
  • Shuttle/escort service
Health Center
Student Health Center
Corner of Cherry and Louther streets
(717) 245-1835
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Educational materials
  • Free and confidential HIV testing
  • Lab services
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Referrals
  • STD screening
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The Harrisburg-Carlisle-Lebanon area has been ranked the second least-stressful metropolitan area for people to live in America.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 30 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 4% None
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 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

  • 66% High quality, very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 3% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 28% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 45% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 28% 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 29 responses

  • 38% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 17% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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