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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Prevention campaigns are part of the curriculum. Still need to work on that.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: While Dickinson's campus is very safe, well light up, and it is riddled with blue lights, it is important to remember that Carlisle, PA is a small city and all cities have dangerous attributes. One must always use caution when walking alone, especially when alone, at night, not on Dickinson's campus. Usually, either DPS, and or, Carlisle PD are constantly roaming around but they cannot be everywhere at once. You will most likely be safe but things happen, so use your better judgement to avoid possible scenarios where dangerous things may occur.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have been sexually assaulted and one of my friends has been raped. It is definitely a problem on campus but there are a lot of passionate people working to change that.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is a problem on campus due to massive amounts of drinking

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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.

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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 37 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 4% None
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

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 37 responses

  • 27% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 27% 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 39 responses

  • 33% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 46% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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