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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I would advise calling ahead to make an appointment if possible, but besides some occasional overcrowding, the health center is great.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Kenyon does a good job of teaching students about sexual assault and where to get help if they need it. There's a 24 hour hotline you can call for problems, and you can always calls security at any time if you would rather do that. The health center people are pretty nice and they treat you like you're going to a professional doctor. Nowadays you can't just walk in, you have to schedule an appointment. And they should pay for your drugs (they don't. you have to pay.)

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Very Safe – There is nothing to worry about on Kenyon's campus. We are up on an isolated hill, and our town only has a few thousand people, so there aren't too many people to bother us. Sometimes there is a crazy murderer on campus (true story- Spring 2011) from the town nearby, but that only happens every once in a while, and security responds with lightening speed!

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Never Felt Safer – I haven't ever felt unsafe at Kenyon, in Gambier, or in the surrounding countryside. Campus Safety is always more than willing to come help you out, and even when there were emergencies they were well-prepared with plans and with getting information across campus. With parties, Campus Safety generally will just tell you to pour out your drinks if you're underage- but don't hassle them, they really don't like that. They're here to help you and everyone else.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's Alright – I have never felt unsafe on campus - but that's not to say that we couldn't use a few upgrades on the security system. The police are fat, generally annoying, and they act like they don't really care about your safety as much as they care about shutting down parties and giving you parking tickets. We had a scary lock down last year which was fairly terrible. The suspect was actually IN the bookstore, and this was before the campus was locked down anyway. The paths are not well lit and the security team is not very friendly; they make it clear they're not there to help, they're there to make your life difficult.


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Kenyon's location means that security is not a major concern. Academic buildings remain unlocked until after 11 p.m., and the library does the same. Dorms now have keycard access 24/7, due to an unfortunate crime spree in 2010, but for the most part, students leave their individual rooms unlocked. During move-in, there are usually a few thefts, but these appear to be localized incidents. Security officers are on campus mostly to monitor party safety. They check large gatherings for alcohol and try to keep underage drinking to a minimum. By day, officers ride around campus in their golf carts helping transport injured students to class. On party nights—usually Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays—security officers patrol the dorms for noise violations. The nice thing is that security truly does care about the students, and the team tries to keep everyone safe while allowing the students to have fun.

Gambier is so small that it doesn’t have any dark alleys or bad neighborhoods. There are places on campus that lack safety lights, but security offers escorts across campus for anyone who feels unsafe after dark.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 31
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Campus Safety
101 Scott Lane
(740) 427-5000 or 5555 (on-campus emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Campus Watch program
  • Emergency call-boxes
  • Escort service
  • Lost and Found
Health Center
Health and Counseling Center
Sparrow House/221 North Ackland
(740) 427-5525
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Colds
  • General medical care
  • Treatment of abrasions, cuts, or lacerations, and bee stings and insect bites
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 20 responses

  • 29% None
  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Walking alone

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 6 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 19 responses

  • 16% High quality, very convenient.
  • 32% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 32% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 60% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 20% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 76% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 24% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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