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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lafayette has a strong infrastructure in place to make sure the students feel safe.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Security is always around on campus 24/7. Plus, we're on a hill so not many people from Easton interact with us.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: It's quite safe on the hill

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security officers do a good job in protecting us and keeping us informed of anything odd that occurs.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall, I feel safe on campus. However, I feel like there needs to be more services in place to protect the integrity of those who are victims of sexual assault.

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The campus is, by and large, quite safe. There are isolated incidents of attempted assault and robbery, but these are not usual occurrences. The school newspaper, printed every Friday, publishes a weekly crime log that catalogues various misdemeanors around campus. Awareness of said misdemeanors is strongly stressed by the Office of Public Safety. In the event that a mishap takes place, Public Safety sends out campus-wide emails/text messages to keep the student body updated. The campus also offers self-defense classes over the course of the year, and hosts talks and lectures about topics such as sexual assault and underage drinking. The three days of freshman orientation are dominated by such lectures, on topics ranging from cyber safety to consensual sex. There are also pamphlets and posters on every floor or that are routinely delivered to students’ mailboxes.

Most students do not feel unsafe walking alone at night. Even then, Public Safety urges students to travel in groups past a certain hour. There is no campus curfew, but residence halls do observe quiet hours. Belligerent behavior is usually promptly tackled, whether by a Public Safety officer or a resident adviser. Incidents of underage drinking, rowdy behavior, vandalism, and ethnic/racial intimidation do not pass by unnoticed. The Bailey Health Center, open seven days a week (limited hours on the weekends), is not the campus’s best facility. Although the health center does have a staff of nurses and physicians, students often have to wait to get tests done or to see a doctor. Students may also have to go to the Easton Hospital, since the campus health center is not equipped with all of the amenities of a hospital. On the other hand, the counseling center is a great resource for students. Counselors are accommodating and generally very helpful, and most students report an improvement after attending sessions.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 30
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Public Safety
11 Marquis Hall
(610) 330-4444 (emergencies); (610) 330-5330 (non-emergencies)
publicsafety.lafayette.edu
Safety Services
  • Anti-theft program
  • Emergency alerts
  • Escort service
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program
Health Center
Bailey Health Center
607 High St.
(610) 330-5704
healthcenter.lafayette.edu
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Basic medical services
  • Emergency care
  • Gynecological services
  • HIV tests
  • Immunizations
  • Minor surgery
  • Nutritional counseling
  • On-site laboratory for urinalysis, strep tests, pregnancy tests, hemoglobins, and blood sugars
  • Physical examinations
  • Psychological services
  • Referrals
  • Sports medicine
  • Treatment of STDs
Day Care Services?
No

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 44 responses

  • 23% None
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Walking alone
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 20 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 43 responses

  • 30% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 47% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 5% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 60% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 34% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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