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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Being right near the medical center is a huge plus - Duke Med is world renowned. I had a very specific otolaryngology problem freshman year, and I was able to meet with one of the best specialists in the world.

On-campus counseling services (CAPS) leave a lot to be desired. There are too many requests for services (mental health is a big problem on campus) and not enough staff. When you do get in, they are very worried about liability. It works for people with general issues/stress, but if you're at serious risk, they don't really want to deal with you, at least according to my friends' experiences. Many students struggle with mental health.

Sexual assault is a huge problem here. Even though they try to sweep it under the rug. The administration recently cut the prevention staff at the Women's Center, and the staff that is there is frustrated and overworked. The Greek, entitlement, athletics culture combined with rampant alcohol use makes the school a breeding ground for sexual assault. Athletes and frat guys can pretty much do whatever they want, with very minimal repercussions. It'd be very difficult to graduate without knowing a couple of students who have been assaulted.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never had a problem with feeling unsafe while on campus.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I normally feel safe walking on campus, especially with the increased number of safety officers on campus. I can, however, feel a bit nervous when I'm walking home late at night sometimes.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: i have not yet felt unsafe but there are definitely things to watch out for

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Duke police are on top of crimes and there are many resources for sexual assault (the Woman's Center is the best one).

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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 44 responses

  • 23% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 5% None
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% 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 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 44 responses

  • 36% High quality, very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 23% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 43% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 25% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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