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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe for the most part.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe and secure. I've walked alone outside at approximately 2 o'clock in the morning, and I didn't feel unsafe at all.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is so small and there are blue lights regularly placed. Security will respond to you if you give them a call.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: sex crimes happen but you can get 10 free counseling sessions

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The safety on campus is great. The health service is open for limited times but security is 24/7.

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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
Day Care Services?
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 25 responses

  • 26% None
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Dorm safety
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 6% 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 24 responses

  • 25% High quality, very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 8% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 38% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 54% 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 25 responses

  • 48% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 32% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 20% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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