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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is mostly open to the public. The students are aware when things happen off campus and on campus. Sexual assault happens and victims don't feel safe telling.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Duke plants security officers throughout campus all day and night. Since the campus is so spread out, they can easily miss spots though. They also have a free van service to transport students across campus at night if they cannot access a bus, or would feel unsafe waiting for a bus for a long period of time.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't have much to say about health and safety except that I have never felt unsafe as a woman on campus, or off.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Never felt unsafe even once in my 4 years at Duke.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I think my school tries to prevent these things, but it is up to the students more than anything.

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Most Duke students feel pretty secure on campus, and Duke has worked hard to provide students with the utmost safety and comfort. Duke has implemented (and expanded upon) many safety measures that are becoming standard on many college campuses, like carded entry to dorms and other facilities. The University also has a text message and e-mail system which notifies students about crime or danger on campus. The campus always seems to have people milling about, but if you’re walking through Edens or Central late at night or have decided (against conventional logic) to walk from East to West after dark, it's best to do so in a group. Duke, particularly East, is not situated in the world's most idyllic neighborhood, and walking off campus alone at night is simply unwise. There are occasionally thefts and robberies that occur on or near Campus Drive.

Duke tries hard to keep its students safe. However, the old real estate maxim “location, location, location” should serve to remind students that Duke has some inherent problems simply because of the instability of the surrounding area. Fortunately, very few Duke students feel like they have to stay holed up in their rooms at night, staring out the windows at the lurking shadows below. The best advice has already been given a number of times: use common sense, and you'll be just fine.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 50
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 5
Security Office
Duke University Police Department
502 Oregon St.
(919) 684-2444 (non-emergency)
www.duke.edu/police
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Card-only access to dorms
  • Crime tracking and analysis
  • Educational programs
  • Facility surveys
  • Safety escorts
  • Safety lighting
  • Same-sex keyed bathrooms
  • Self-defense classes
Health Center
Duke Student Wellness Center
001 Crowell Building (garden level)
(919) 681-8421
www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/duwell/programs-services
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical care
  • Cold/flu/allergy self-help table
  • Counseling services
  • Endocrinology
  • Health education
  • Health exams
  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Men's health
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Smoking cessation
  • Substance-abuse education
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
No

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 52 responses

  • 21% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 5% None
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Drugs
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 25 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 52 responses

  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 30% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 42% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 28% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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