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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel fairly safe on campus; of course it's important to be careful, but the campus police are very alert and available to students. Campus crime is not very common on our common, though there have been a few violations including three sexual assaults this past year. However, every year the incoming freshman are required to complete an online course that teaches them about sexual assault and alcohol abuse as well as safety measures and what to do in these types of situations.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: One of the safest campuses I've ever been on. Our police force is an actual registered force that CAN arrest you. They patrol the night often and have their own phone number to call if you need to be escorted to your dorm or feel unsafe. There are also safety boxes on campus with blue buttons you can press if you need someone to come help you.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: A lot of police on campus which makes it safe.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Mason Police does a marvelous job at making me feel safe.

As far as health... Our health office is not open on Tuesdays, has weird hours on Fridays, and is rarely open on weekends. It's not the best when it is open, but that's just school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I haven't come across any violations. however the community does keep an eye for any wrongdoings

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While walking alone through the wooded parts of campus can be a little intimidating, a majority of students say they feel extremely safe and secure on campus, and have very few overall safety concerns. The campus itself is well-lit, and emergency call boxes located throughout campus add an extra feeling of security if students do find themselves coming back to their dorm or apartment late at night. If students feel uncomfortable, escorts are available through the Mason Police Department, and can walk with students or give them a lift wherever they’re headed. For female students that want to pickup some badass defense skills for any “just in case” situations, the police also offer free Rape Aggression Defense classes.

A lot of students choose to sign-up to receive Mason Alerts on their phones, which is a system that sends students any emergency messages about school closings or unsafe situations on campus—though there’s never much to report on. The University also looks after its students by providing free visits to Student Health Services (minus any lab procedure charges, of course). Most students don’t know about the free visits, which are a lifesaver when it comes to vaccinations, seasonal colds, or even unexpected injuries like a twisted ankle.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 11
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 11
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
George Mason University Police
4400 University Dr.
(703) 993-2810; emergencies: 911
www.gmu.edu/depts/police
Safety Services
  • Emergency call boxes are located throughout campus if students need immediate assistance.
  • Free Rape Aggression Defense classes are offered to all female students.
  • Police Cadets and Officers are available to escort students to where they're going 24/7. Call (703) 993-2800 to request an escort.
  • Security guards patrol all housing areas during certain hours.
Health Center
Student Health Services
Student Union Building I, Room 214
(703) 993-2831
shs.gmu.edu
Monday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Emergency contraception
  • HIV testing
  • Immunizations
  • Insurance
  • Laboratory
  • Medical records
  • Mental health issues
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatry clinic
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Primary care
  • Smoking cessation
  • STD screening
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
Students are eligible to receive a free visit with a healthcare provider at Student Health Services. There is, however, a fee for lab procedures, medications, treatments, dressings, or supplies.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 149 responses

  • 25% None
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 55 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 148 responses

  • 41% High quality, very convenient.
  • 34% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 147 responses

  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 148 responses

  • 43% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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