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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus, we did have some issues last semester with someone recording people while they were showering and a flasher though.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lately, there have been a couple sexual assault cases on our campus which are always quite scary, so I kind of feel safe, but I'm also scared sometimes. The security try to do a good job of keeping us safe though.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't really look into it

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Crimes are rare, and I feel the school and student staffs as well altogether work hard to make students feel safe and in a way they succeed.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Grinnell does a pretty good job of this, mostly due to the students' own concern with the issue. We demand accessible and concerned resources. For this reason, the groups that employ students, such as the Advocates or Peer Support group, are much better than those offered by the school. Recently though the school has started to improve its resources by hiring more counselors and generally trying to make aid easier to find.


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The security department at Grinnell is pretty small and inactive, but there’s not much of a reason for it to exist. Violent crime on campus is unheard of, and Grinnell’s self-governance policy means that security guards are discouraged from poking around in students' lives; it is students themselves that are responsible for settling minor disputes. Their main job requirements seem to be opening dorm rooms for people who accidentally lock themselves out and looking up phone numbers for people who call the office. The campus is on 24-hour lockdown, which means that you need your Pioneer One-Card to gain entrance into any dorm. When security is relaxed, the buildings are open to anyone before 10 p.m. For people who are afraid to walk home at night, the security department provides student volunteers to escort anyone to their chosen destination.

In the way of health services, Grinnell has a large number of students who are diagnosed with depression or other mental health issues on campus. Administration is set on providing more ways for Grinnellians to cope with mental problems, including walk-in counseling sessions, a mental health forum that meets regularly, and eight free sessions with a psychiatrist each year. Also, the athletic health department has some excellent physiotherapists that are committed to helping anyone suffering from an athletic injury.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 7
  • Burglary: 13
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Safety & Security Office
1432 East St.
(641) 269-4600
Safety Services
  • Education and prevention programs
  • Emergency phone boxes
  • Escort service
Health Center
Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS)
The Forum, lower level
(641) 269-3230
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Assisting with medical appointments
  • Equipment for loan (heating pads, humidifiers, canes, etc.)
  • HIV/pregnancy testing
  • Mental health
  • Morning After Pill
  • Over-the-counter medicine
  • SubAcute Care Program
  • Testing
  • Transportation to appointments
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
There are "blue buttons" around campus. When pressed, the security team rushes to your side and will take you wherever you need to go.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 20 responses

  • 22% Excessive drinking
  • 19% None
  • 14% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Drugs
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Walking alone
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Theft/robberies

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 11 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 19 responses

  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 79% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 5% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 46% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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