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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe for the most part. There isn't really much to worry about other than drinking.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everyone on campus is very educated on sexual assault and most of us are aware of our safety on and off campus

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I believe the health and safety of my school is fairly good.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: JMU is a very safe campus, I have never felt unsafe walking around campus at any time in the day.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on my campus, if one does not want to walk alone back to their dorm at night they can easily call campus security to help escort them back.

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With emergency phones at every corner, campus escorts ready at the press of a button, and the friendly feel of JMU, students should feel the safest at night. Students tend to travel in packs when going to and from main campus, and with dorms locked 24/7, you can rest easy on dorm safety. Campus police always seem to be nearby, whether on the sidewalk or in their police cars.

Dorms especially do not make it easy for any person, student or nonstudent, to enter. Because of JMU's location in a seemingly small town, it's rare to see any stray locals peeping around campus. While walking to and from campus every day, you might see homeless men in sparing amounts, but usually only in downtown Harrisonburg.  

However, if you are girl and you appear rather vulnerable, it's best to take some precautionary measures when you walk back to your dorm around 12 a.m. or 1 a.m. Speaking to someone on your cell phone, taking the most visible and used path, or trying to pair up with another lone friend can all be used as sensical approaches during the late night. That being said, it's best also to lock dorm rooms and stow any valuable materials away.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 24
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
821 S. Main St.
(540) 568-6912
Safety Services
  • Emergency phones
  • JMU safety committee
  • Public safety suggestions
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • SafeRides
  • Safety escorts
  • Silent Witness
Health Center
University Health Center
Montpelier Hall, 235 Cantrell Ave.
(540) 568-6178
Monday–Wednesday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Bloodborne pathogen training
  • Emergency contraceptives
  • Flu shot
  • HIV and STD testing
  • Immunizations
  • Lab tests
  • Nutritionist
  • Sexual assault services
  • Traveling abroad
  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Women's health clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The Silent Witness Form, located online on the Public Safety Web site, allows students to anonymously and confidentially report incidents of crime.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 107 responses

  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% None
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Gang violence
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 27 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 108 responses

  • 36% High quality, very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 108 responses

  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% 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 108 responses

  • 40% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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