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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Gettysburg is a really safe area. Sexual assault is an issue on campus, but I think it just seems that way because we get emails every time one is reported, and most schools don't do that, so we just hear about it more. DPS and health/counseling services is great help.

The health center services are okay... they're kind of crazy there though. But everyone is nice. An annoying thing is you MUST have an appointment.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus and DPS is always driving around. More lighting across campus would be a great addition though.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking alone at night on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe for the most part. DPS has more people in it than the gettysburg police AFAIK. Some DPS officers are assholes and just like to get kids in trouble or harassing them while others (officer pierce) legitimately caring about the students and not being pushy or mean about harmless fun.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Police are very visible. Blue light stations are visible from every location on campus.


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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 23 responses

  • 25% Excessive drinking
  • 16% None
  • 11% Drugs
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Walking alone
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 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 7 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 22 responses

  • 18% High quality, very convenient.
  • 32% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 32% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% 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 22 responses

  • 64% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 36% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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