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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There's not a lot of campus crime, other than occasional theft and alcohol violations. Security gets a lot of bad rap but I've personally never had a negative experience with them.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's okay but could be a lot better.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have a guardian app now that makes it safer to walk alone.

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: If it does happen, actions are taken place to help

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are some problems with the general organization of public safety on campus which they are working to improve, but it seems they are still working out the kinks. They have put a notification system in place to email and call students or their parents when an unsafe situation has occurred on or near campus, but it has come to my attention that they are not always thorough in their choosing of relevant events to inform students of. For example, there have been a couple occasions when they have not informed students of possible shootings near campus, and only notify if there are clear, witnessed shootings. I think it is relevant to include possible shootings because guns and shootings are serious and common occurrences in big cities which students faculty should be aware of. There are also discrepancies about the way sexual assault is handled by the administration which is a reflection of public safety. However, there are options available to make the campus and the surrounding area safer for students; I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are the standard blue call boxes which automatically notify campus police in the event of a dangerous situation, and there are also options like the Guardian App (an app for universities which provides different options of notification to others about a student's safety when commuting on or near campus), and a security escort during on/near - campus commute. Drake Public Safety appears to be heavily involved with the Des Moines police in terms of controlling a situation and staying informed, which I think is important in a city environment. So all-in-all, the security system has an effective base, but it doesn't seem like the practice is as effective.

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Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 13
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
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Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 37 responses

  • 25% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% None
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 6 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 36 responses

  • 25% High quality, very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 11% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 16% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 41% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 41% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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