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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have very little crime and safety issues. When issues arise, all students are notified as soon as possible and, if necessary, specific measures to address the issues are taken.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sexual assault definitely happens, but unfortunately that's not unique to Gettysburg. I know the administration is doing everything they can to fix it, and I hope this becomes much less of a problem in the future.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: DPS is always available, at all hours of the day. They will come walk you home at any point of the day/night, any day/night whenever you feel like you need it. They are thorough with investigations and reports, even when things happen in town.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: DPS does an adequate job of trying to protect us. Crime is usually low on campus, although there is occassionally a string of thefts. I have never felt at risk, even when walking alone at night. There are some sketchier side streets, but this is a tourist town and you have to be careful. The one thing that truly bothers me is that there is no Blue Light system in place. There are a few scattered across the campus, but they are few and far between.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Department of Public Safety always has a presence making me feel secure. The police department is also close by and an ambulance is usually on standby.

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Safety and Security is somewhat of a misnomer for those involved with Gettysburg College. Most of the time, it seems that they are concerned only with apprehending students for underage drinking and noise violations, rather than catching thieves and stopping violence. Perhaps it is a sign of their effectiveness at stopping crime before it starts that S&S has time to devote to these endeavors. Of course, I could say the same thing about the tiger repellent I use every day . . . Seriously, though, while Gettysburg is not totally devoid of crime, it is quite easy to avoid getting into situations where your life is in danger. As long as you take minor precautions, such as locking your bike or walking in groups at night, you are unlikely to fall prey to crime. S&S does do a good job of keeping students in line most of the time, and they do offer helpful programs like a 24-hour escort service. S&S is generally quick to respond, and often operates in conjunction with the borough police when crimes are reported around town.

Fire safety is taken quite seriously by S&S on campus. There is easy access to fire alarms in every dorm, and every room is monitored by a smoke detector. Fire drills are carried out at least twice a semester in each building. There are strict penalties for abusing the fire alarms, and smoking is prohibited indoors.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
(717) 337-6911
Safety Services
  • Safety alerts and updates
  • Safety escort service
  • Shuttle service
  • Student patrol program
  • Vehicle and bike registration
Health Center
Health Center
250 W. Broadway
(717) 337-6970
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Assessment and treatment of acute illness
  • Contraceptive services
  • Health education
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory facility
  • Management of stable chronic illness
  • Nutrition guidance
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Self-care cold clinic
  • STD diagnosis and treatment
  • Stress management
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 29 responses

  • 25% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 13% None
  • 11% Drugs
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Walking alone
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 20 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 28 responses

  • 36% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 66% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 31% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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