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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel very safe on campus. It is not a closed campus; however, we always have police cars roving around, so that's good.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Being an open campus comes with risks.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Occasional muggings on campus, but campus police patrols the area most of the time

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We've had issues in the past with administration not taking quick enough action with rapists on our campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They make you feel safe and secure.

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Howard's campus, itself, is relatively safe. In the past, however, the surrounding Shaw district has been ranked by USA Today and several other national publications as one of the most dangerous areas in the country. However, as a result of the district going through a process of gentrification, as well as several anti-crime programs and ordinances put in place by the city, there has been a significant reduction in the number of crimes committed against students on and around campus. Because of the district's all-too-recent history, however, there is a visible police presence on campus, especially after dark. While it is not uncommon to see one or more police cars parked by the dorms or the occasional car patrolling the surrounding streets, it is very rare to see one by the quad or by the permanently closed streets leading into the campus.

All of the buildings on campus, with the exception of the dorms, the libraries, the gym, and the computer labs, are accessible to both students and the public alike. So, theoretically speaking, there's always the chance that the guy you see sleeping in the back of your chemistry class on a particularly hot day just came in from the street to get some much-needed air conditioning. As for the dorms, only students with valid IDs can gain entrance. For instance, students who have not been financially validated can't access the main computer lab, and students who don't have housing can't access the dorms with their IDs.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 49
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 28
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 7
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
2244 10th St. NW, second floor
(202) 806-1100
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access (key and security card)
  • Late-night transport service
  • Lighted walkways
  • RAD classes
  • Safe ride
  • Student patrols
Health Center
Student Health Center
Medical Arts Building, 2139 Georgia Ave. NW, Suite 201
(202) 806-7540
Monday–Tuesday 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–5 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–7 p.m., Thursday–Friday 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • General health care services
  • Health education
  • Preventive medicine
  • STD and tuberculosis screening
  • Transportation
  • Urgent care
  • Women's health clinic
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 167 responses

  • 17% Non-students on campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 6% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% None
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 110 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 165 responses

  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 45% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 198 responses

  • 8% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 41% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 6% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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