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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is little theft on campus and Hamilton is generally very safe. Hamilton students tend to leave their bags in the lib and there doors unlocked. The Health Center does need improvement and finding doctors close by can be difficult. There are plans to improve services in the coming years.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is very low and not too many instances occur.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt afraid on campus. Crime will happen anywhere, but it is minimal here. At Hamilton, you can leave your laptop and phone on a desk for days unattended and no one will touch it. That is not an exaggeration. If I lost my wallet today, it would be where I left it tomorrow.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safer here than I do at home even though I live in a very safe neighborhood in a very safe town

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Everything I have experienced has been good.


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Hamilton College might be one of the safest places in the world. Or, at least it feels that way. There is plenty of security for a small school in a very rural part of central New York. Blue emergency phones and alarms are clearly marked and decorate the campus grounds. Campus Safety’s staff is very visible in the dining halls and driving around campus. There is a switchboard operator available all night to take calls, and at least one safety officer is driving around the school checking on everything.

Although it irritates many students, the safety officers' job generally entails handing out parking tickets and breaking up parties that get too loud. While it is annoying, it says a lot about the relative safety on campus. There are so few real safety threats to students that safety officers have the time to make people turn down the volume on their stereos. Some might say that diverse groups on campus are at risk for some unwanted attention at times. Racial slurs are quite rare, but the campus does harbor a few students whose behavior is unfriendly toward the gay, lesbian, and transgender community, although only a handful are publicly out on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 16
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Safety Office
Bristol Campus Center
(315) 859-4000 (emergencies) (315) 859-4141 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Late-night transport and escort service
  • Lighted pathways
  • Self-defense courses
Health Center
Thomas B. Rudd Health Center
198 College Hill Rd.
(315) 859-4111
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wed 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. *Sat nurse on duty for minor illnesses, no regular appointments will be made on this day
Health Services
  • Counseling and psychological services including counselor on-call, rape-crisis hotline
  • EMT services (HCEMS)
  • Health education
  • Laboratory
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • STD screening
  • Travel counseling
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Students volunteer to become emergency medical technicians for their four years at Hamilton. Three student EMTs are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A call to the EMTs is completely confidential.
  • The Health Center is completely confidential-charges are put on your College bill without saying what you received.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 22 responses

  • 56% None
  • 26% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Walking alone
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 15 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 21 responses

  • 10% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 82% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 18% 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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