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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I believe, personally, that I am extremely safe on this campus. I have come home at 11pm and later from work and have never felt threatened; keeping in mind that I was a petite, 4 feet 10 in tall pregnant woman. Security guards roam the campus 24 hours a day, even those late hours after work. The only time I have ever felt a need to need extra protection was in the aftermath of a swastika painted over our welcoming rock, and that wasn't fear of other students but outsiders. In which students from our campus responded with in the most caring way by offering to be walk buddies for anyone who needed one.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security is very accessible and helpful on campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Our school has 24/7 security as well as CASA volunteers in case sexual assault ever does happen. I have never heard of a case happening on campus, which has been a huge relief to me. Teachers and administration is also very aware of sexual assault and how some students have been victims. They try to make sure those students feel safe as well.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have felt extremely safe on campus. It's perfectly safe to walk around on campus at night. There are red phones around campus that a student can call security if they are feeling unsafe at any time. There is a sexual assault community on campus that help victims and students alike deal with the issue.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Here at Hollins, I feel the safest that I ever have. It's a warm and open campus that encourages the promotion of safety and safe places.

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Stolen food is the most prevalent crime problem at Hollins, as any student who has ever tried to store her pint of Ben & Jerry's in the dorm fridge will tell you. Many students keep their doors unlocked and leave valuables like laptops and phones unattended in public spaces without fear of them being stolen. However, Hollins is an open campus, which means anyone from the community is allowed to walk around, so crime is not always 100 percent avoidable. Reports of actual theft, like stolen iPods, do come up about once a semester.

For that tiny percentage of inevitable crime, the campus police patrol the grounds all day and night, ready to spring into action at the first hint of theft or vandalism. All the officers are very friendly and will smile and wave to students they pass. The officers are happy to do anything to make students feel safe. One drawback to having so many eager, attentive officers on a campus where not much exciting crime takes place is that they hand out parking tickets like Halloween candy.

Though crime is rare at Hollins, illness is not. Health Services is good at putting bandages on minor cuts, but if you have a more severe medical problem, go to a real doctor. At Hollins, your double ear infection will likely be diagnosed as allergies, your mild cold treated as a strep throat, and your leprosy covered with a dollop of Neosporin and a SpongeBob Band-Aid. One service that students do appreciate is counseling. All students can take advantage of six free sessions offered by the health center.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 2
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Hollins University Security Department (HUSD)
Botetourt Hall
(540) 362-6911 (emergencies); (540) 362-6419 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Crime Alert Program
  • Escort service
  • Silent Witness Program
Health Center
Health & Counseling Services
(540) 362-6444
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Immunizations
  • On-site laboratory testing
  • PAP and STD testing
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Primary health care for acute and chronic conditions
  • Referrals
  • Women's services
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Did You Know?
  • The Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CASA) is a student-run group that provides support and resources for survivors of sexual assault.
  • Though sexual assault is rare at Hollins, it's not unheard of. In the spring of 2011, an alleged rape occurred in the laundry room of the campus apartments-the first incident of reported sexual assault since 2007. The University took immediate steps to make the laundry room safer by installing locks on the doors.
  • Twelve emergency call boxes are located across campus.
  • Campus Safety offers an escort service. If a student doesn't feel comfortable walking back to her room from the parking lot at night, she can call the security office and request an escort.
  • Health Services offers six free counseling sessions per year for Hollins students. Afterward, sessions cost $20 each.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 27 responses

  • 29% None
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Dorm safety
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 8 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 26 responses

  • 35% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 55% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 29% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 16% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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