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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Most people can feel like they are really safe whenever they are on campus. The campus security staff is really nice and help all students in need as quickly as possible.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is a very safe environment. I have never felt scared to walk past people on campus or walk alone at night. As a young woman, I feel safe no matter what on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our campus is very safe. We have had some assaults and rapes unfortunately but it is very rare. I feel very safe on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Luther's campus is incredibly safe, and Campus Security is very easily accessible and willing to help in various different situations, including offering students free escorts to their dorms if they ever feel unsafe at nighttime hours. I personally have never experienced anything but kindness from anyone on campus and feel very safe at Luther during all hours of the day and night.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty save on campus. I'm a girl and I have no issues walking alone on campus. It was a shock this year when people started stealing money out of other people's personal belongings in the music building. A lot of people will leave their backpacks unattended, not worried anyone will touch them. That is how safe people feel at Luther. But this year however, someone caught on and felt the need to steal money from people's wallets.

I think there were 2 sexual harassment cases that were told to campus. Luther does a huge amount of things for rape and consent, especially for the first-years. I went to a sexual assault event this year hearing about people and their stories. The Luther community makes an effort to make people aware that they have resources.


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Luther College and Decorah in general could not be any safer if they came straight out of a '50s sitcom. The campus, city, and surrounding area are all places in which students can feel comfortable at all times. The campus police department gets a bad rap for issuing a lot of parking tickets, but they do a lot of other things for students, like giving rides to injured students, unlocking and jumpstarting cars (especially important in the winter), and helping drunken students with whatever treatment they might need.

Due to the small campus size, transportation and group excursions have no curfew, allowing students to have fun at any time they wish. This does not mean, however, that you have a license to do whatever you want. Students are still encouraged to travel in packs, especially at night, and doors must always be locked. There are also occasional incidents of violence, sexual assault, and theft, but those are few and far between. Still, you can be encouraged not to live in fear of crime, violence or other problems. As long as students choose not to do anything stupid, they can be assured that they will be living, working, and playing in a safe location.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 1
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Safety and Security
700 College Dr.
911 (emergencies) (563) 387-2111 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Emergency phones
  • Emergency response
Health Center
Student Health Service
700 College Dr.
(563) 387-1045
Health Services
  • General care
  • STD Testing
  • Vaccines
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 31 responses

  • 33% None
  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Non-students on campus

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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 13% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 62% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 30% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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