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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Safety and Security office at Haverford is great. They are very approachable and helpful, and they do a good job of addressing problems when they arise. I think more people feel very safe on this campus and the loss of property is not a common problem here at all.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus security is awesome. Haverford is generally very safe. It is an "open" campus, meaning that the surrounding community can enter freely during certain hours (just not in the middle of the night), which has occasionally caused problems, but not anything serious. I have not personally had any experiences with sexual assault, but it does occur. I would say that it occurs at a rate much lower than most schools, but like at any other American college, it's an issue.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is very little crime on campus, mostly thanks to the honor code. However, because of the honor code, many people think that Haverford is completely absolved from the prospect of something bad happening, which is certainly not the case. Our rates of crime and reported sexual assault are lower than a lot of places, but they are not nonexistent.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although I feel like Haverford is a very safe environment, there are incidents of sexual assault here too like in any other school. However there are many facilities and counseling if a person does feel like talking about a sexual assault incident.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety & Security is always there to help. No one is afraid to go to them if they need something. Also, health services is extremely accessible.

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Haverford students generally have a good relationship with the Safety and Security Department. The campus is safe, though it's open to the public during the daytime, and there are occasional petty thefts. Most of these thefts occur within the Haverford College Apartments. The apartments are located on the south part of campus in Ardmore, a working-class neighborhood that is a bit poorer than the surrounding communities (which are extraordinarily wealthy). Security is also notified of all public parties and is very good about taking sick students to the hospital without notifying the police of underage drinking or drug use. Because of this, nobody fears calling security if someone needs medical attention. This policy is preferable to the "zero tolerance" attitude at most colleges, where drinking is always done behind closed doors, and students can get in trouble for calling security if a friend needs to get his stomach pumped. This is not to say that we have very many cases of people binge drinking, but when something does happen, it's nice to know that help is available.

It's important to remember that going into Philadelphia is
another matter entirely. Provided you know where you are at all times, however, Philadelphia should present little more personal risk than campus does. The general feeling of well-being is part of Haverford's community atmosphere and is a great reflection on the school's Honor Code.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 17
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Safety and Security
5 Featherbed Ln.
(610) 896-1111 x1111 (on campus)
Safety Services
  • Emergency security phones located around campus
  • Shuttle/escort service
Health Center
Student Health Services
(610) 896-1089
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling
  • Psychological services
  • STD screening
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Haverford has 40 blue-light security phones located around the campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 10 responses

  • 25% Non-students on campus
  • 15% None
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Drugs
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 10% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 9 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 10 responses

  • 30% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 20% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 83% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 8% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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