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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is always communication when there needs to be and security on campus is very enforced.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Georgetown's sexual assualt prevention programs and self-defenses class provided by campus are great. Our police department is ok.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have always felt very safe on campus, no matter what time it is.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very safe neighborhood and university

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We get a lot of Information but not on how to apply the info.


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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 48 responses

  • 22% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 6% None
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 36 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 49 responses

  • 10% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% 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 63 responses

  • 46% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 46% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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