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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have 1 or 2 cases of assault a year on average, which sounds huge on a small campus, but look at larger campuses. They usually result from partying and stupidity following alcohol/drugs. The school is working hard to prevent this, all incoming students have to attend seminars on a variety of campus safety/health issue, with a highlight on what consent is. Personally, I'm a female-bodied, female-identifying student who is totally comfortable walking from my car to my dorm (maybe a 5 min. walk) at 2 am with headphones in.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: there should not be an active fear of assault; incidents have been isolated and often the fault of alcohol/drug use. the policy used to be much more lenient on offenders which was awful but since they have been more closely followed things still have not improved in terms of health services/prevention

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Most people leave their doors unlocked. Violent crime is pretty much non-existent on campus, and theft is a very rare occurrence. People will routinely leave their laptops, smartphones, etc. laying around in a public space for days at a time, completely unattended, with no ill results.

Sexual assault does happen. It's not the "stranger jumps out from a dark alley" kind of sexual assault (which is not a very common type to begin with). It will happen at a party when people have had a lot to drink and cannot properly consent. It is not a very frequent occurrence, but when it does happen, it is EXTREMELY poorly handled by the college's administration. We have recently hired several new staff members and taken many steps towards improving how we handle it as a community, though.

Overall, the Marlboro campus itself is very safe. The only people up here are students and college employees.

Brattleboro can be a little seedy in places.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We're working a lot on our sexual health system here and making it better. So I think there's a lot of good energy about making Marlboro the safest place it can be.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have no formal police presence on campus besides security guards who are there for emergencies in terms of the safety of the buildings, however, they are to report any activity on campus that is alarming. ResLife does more of the effort in safety on campus and does a fairly good job of knowing what's going on an intervening when necessary. There have been complaints about the Health Center, as they take a more holistic approach, but my personal experience has been very nice and I have been treated well.


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This may sound odd, but Marlboro has no campus police. In fact, there's a policy to keep police off of campus until a necessary situation arises. That way, the students are solely responsible for what goes on here. Most every building is unlocked 24 hours a day. Even Dalrymple, the academic building, is never closed. There's a community trust on campus that says people will generally not try to wrong one another. It also doesn't hurt that Marlboro only has about 300 students, so if someone steals something from you, you're going to see them with it the very next day.

Though generally calm and safe when it comes to security, thefts do occur. Computers left unattended for weeks on end (something very common in the library) may turn up missing when you return. As far as date rape, assault, harassment, and many other serious crimes, they do happen. When incidents of this nature occur, victims who speak out will attend Community Court, the judicial system within the Marlboro community. Any assortment of issues can be discussed there, and often an effective resolution can result. If troubles persist, outside forces will be contacted. Look at it this way: Generally, students at Marlboro feel safe walking at night alone.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 1
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Student Life Coordinators
*611 Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 (802) 283-5400 (pager 4:30 p.m.–8:30 a.m. weekdays, weekends, and holidays)
Safety Services
On-campus emergency personnel Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Health Center
Total Health Center (THC)
Attached to the Campus Center
(802) 258-9335
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Physicians from Brattleboro Primary Care are on-call after during the hours the THC is not open.
Health Services
  • Contraception and emergency contraception
  • General medical care
  • Gynecological exams
  • Injury care
  • Prescriptions
  • Psychological counseling
  • STD information, testing, and treatment
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Marlboro's library operates solely on the honor system. Sign it out, bring it back.
  • You will probably bump into Marlboro's one security guard now and then, but he'll just say "Good evening," and move right on by.
  • Resident assistants and Student Life Coordinators are always on call in case of an emergency.
  • Though our campus is dark at night, you learn to recognize stances and body postures in order to identify oncoming strangers.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 7 responses

  • 40% None
  • 10% Drugs
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Violence among students
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Walking alone
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 0% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 14% Not very visible.
  • 86% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% 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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