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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The actual campus itself is very safe, but the area of Bethlehem we live in once you go off-campus is not someplace I would want to walk alone around. The police presence of campus is large though, which makes me feel better.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Lehigh police department does a good job protecting students and although incoming students may have worries about the south side it has never been an issue for me even late at night.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I've had no issues on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Surrounding area is kinda sketchy but its smart to always walk in a group or with someone no matter where you are.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel incredibly safe on campus. I walk around by myself at night often, and i'm a girl, and i've never felt threatened whatsoever. There is a huge police presence, in my opinion too much at times. They hunt kids down to cite them and arrest them for underage drinking of for smoking weed. South Bethlehem may seem like not the best area, but at night there are so many kids walking around that you are never alone.


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Lehigh students feel incredibly safe on campus, and in certain cases, the police can seem almost too overbearing. Off campus is where the problem lies. The areas immediately surrounding campus aren’t terrible, but a few blocks either east or west of campus can be considered somewhat dangerous, especially at night. The Lehigh police force does an excellent job of keeping the campus safe, although at times, it seems like the main part of their job entails breaking up parties and busting students for underage drinking rather than doing actual crime-fighting.

Walking around on campus is almost always safe, no matter what time of night it is, as there are emergency call boxes all over campus. The vehicular entrance to the Hill is policed even on weekend nights to ensure that only Hill residents are driving up to their houses. While this policy can be annoying to non-Hill residents looking to drive up there, it was enacted in response to the increasing amount of townies that used to attend fraternity parties, and as a result, has lessened crime on the Hill. Students who live off campus tend to experience a bit more crime, but as long as people take the right precautions and don’t put themselves in unsafe situations, living off campus should be relatively crime-free.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 6
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 5
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
Police Department
Johnson Hall, room 221
(610) 758-4200
Safety Services
  • Emergency Medical Services Response Team
  • Emergency phones throughout campus
  • Property Registration Online (PRO)
  • RAD training
  • TRACS (Take A Ride Around Campus) van service
  • VIN etching
Health Center
Health and Wellness Center
36 University Dr.
(610) 758-3870
Monday-Friday 8:15a.m.-4:45 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Minor surgeries
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Psychological services
  • Relaxation room
  • Self-treatment room
  • STD screening
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
According to Lehigh's rulebook, if a fraternity house has 50 people or more hanging out, it constitutes an unregistered party, and the fraternity can be subject to probation. Despite this policy, the rule is regularly flaunted by fraternities, yet they risk potential trouble with campus police by doing so.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 48 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% None
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 4% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 31 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 47 responses

  • 30% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 40% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 30% 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 61 responses

  • 30% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 28% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 5% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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