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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Grinnell security folks are great. The administration could be much harder on perpetrators of sexual assault

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Most security issues are due to non-students. Overall students are very comfortable on campus, no threat of theft.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: In general I feel very safe on campus, and the majority of students feel the same way. Students at Grinnell are very trusting of each other, and are not afraid to leave their doors unlocked or walk around alone at night. There have been a few incidents with items being stolen, but like many other aspects of life at Grinnell, students are very bought into Self-governance. The campus does need more blue-light security posts, as even though campus is small, there are only three or four currently around campus in rather obscure locations.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security is always helpful but I have heard some iffy things about Student Heath Center.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school does a good job of keeping the students safe and has many opportunities where students who don't feel safe can seek for help and that help is available.


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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 17 responses

  • 27% None
  • 23% Excessive drinking
  • 15% Non-students on campus
  • 12% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Drugs
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Walking alone
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Theft/robberies

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 15 responses

  • 40% High quality, very convenient.
  • 47% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 7% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 81% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% 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 17 responses

  • 59% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 41% 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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