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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I usually feel pretty safe on campus. There are two different forms of police and security for students so that is comforting. There is a fair amount of crime on campus, though it is mostly robberies (stolen backpacks, laptops, etc.).

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus police at least in my own personal experience are very friendly and are not overbearing or quick to break up parties generally at all. We have had a lot of trouble with burglaries and assaults nearby but I don't have enough knowledge

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe anywhere on campus. Georgetown is probably the safest area in all of DC, and if you're ever unsure of that, just walk down N past John Kerry's house and be reassured by the line of Secret Service cars parked down the street. There is rarely any kind of crime on campus, and if there is, it's usually something along the lines of someone left a bag or laptop at the library for a couple of hours and it got stolen. The drug scene is not huge either, probably because half the school wants to work for the government, so I've never felt uncomfortable with drugs. As far as sexual assault, while I would never say that it could never happen at Georgetown, it is rare. I've only ever heard of one instance of something even close to assault. We have a very activist campus, so sexual assault is something that is discussed frequently, and thankfully is worked to be prevented. People tend to be really good about looking out for other people at parties- and not just your friends. I've never seen anyone who was too drunk that didn't have people helping them.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. Despite the fact that we're in the city, the campus itself is pretty isolated from anything serious. There are reports of a few thefts/muggings off-campus, but generally if you use common sense you won't have a problem.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: neighborhood is kinda shady now

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In general, safety and security are not major concerns for most students, though the issue’s visibility has been steadily increasing in recent years. Off-campus muggings are becoming more common, as are burglaries of University-owned townhouses. As the Department of Public Safety is fond of reminding students, however, most of these incidents are wholly avoidable (Georgetown students have a particular fondness for walking home on deserted streets late at night and for, incredibly, leaving their front doors unlocked 24 hours a day). For the fortunate majority, therefore, security is only a peripheral concern at Georgetown. The most noticeable manifestation of the crime on campus is the increasing exasperation in emails from the campus police, who are particularly beguiled by the student body’s surprise at the fact that common criminals have figured out how to negotiate unlocked door knobs.

The Department of Public Safety is, on occasion, responsive and effective, but for the most part, it seems that DOPS is more interested in making off with the keg dregs from a busted party than in patrolling the streets. The important thing to remember, then, is that Georgetown, quiet and well-painted as it is, is located in one of the largest cities in the country. Cities, as a general rule, come equipped with a certain number of unsavory persons, and so the scattered assaults and robberies that occur on and off campus should not dissuade anybody from coming to the Hilltop. A few simple precautions (such as not being drunk and alone in dark alleys at 3 a.m.) can make the Georgetown/D.C. environment as safe as that of any city campus in America.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 8
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Village C, West Wing
(202) 687-HELP emergencies; (202) 687-4343 non-emergencies
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Bicycle registration
  • Building security and access
  • Crime prevention services
  • Emergency telephones
  • Event security
  • Fingerprinting services
  • Individual escorts
  • Laptop registrations
  • Lost and found
  • Neighborhood shuttles
  • SafeRides
  • Sexual assault services
  • Student guards
  • Well-lit pathways and sidewalks
Health Center
Student Health Center
Darnall Hall
(202) 687-2200
Monday-Tuesday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Immunizations
  • Lab work
  • Prescription refills
  • Preventive health care
  • Procedures
  • Referrals
  • Routine office visits
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • Wart treatment
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 43 responses

  • 23% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 5% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Drugs
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 17 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.
  • 27% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

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

  • 11% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 61% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 23% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

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

  • 41% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 11% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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