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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We all know about the "enthusiastic yes"

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't think the security alert services around campus even work. I've always been told they don't. If you call campus police they take literally an 1 1/2 to get there. (I know from experience) If they don't get the call from campus faculty or the hospital, they take forever.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You have to be careful when walking around campus at night. The surrounding environment is not kind to Howard students.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Howard University is a private institution, but it is open to public. It is important to aware of your surroundings because not only do you have to be aware of students, you also have to be aware of the local people. It's harder to solve crimes, especially thefts in campus because you most likely will never see that person again.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are a few flaws, such as the lack of escort services, but overall it's a generally safe area,


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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 133 responses

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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 46 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 132 responses

  • 20% High quality, very convenient.
  • 45% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 3% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 132 responses

  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 49% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 8% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 40% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 8% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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