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Health & Safety


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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel unbelievably safe on my campus because it is a small women's college in a rural area.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Probably the only thing students are afraid of when walking across campus at night is the ghost of a past student, rumored to haunt the campus.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. I study in the library past 12am almost every night and have never felt uncomfortable walking back to my dorm alone. MHC feels like a safe haven.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Things are generally safe here,obviously don't leave your stuff unattended for too long but there's a 5% chance it would go missing. Campus Police installed these blue help signals around campus and tbh I go to my dorm ,which is the farthest, at 2am and still feel very safe but just be attentive and alert.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our campus police are highly responsive and available. They have a number of programs designed to educate students about sexual assault, personal safety, and self-defense. A significant number of crimes on campus involve students from off-campus and alcohol at cross-campus parties. I feel pretty safe on campus and in the dorm. However, coming from a big city background, I don't think you should drop your guard when walking alone even in the most idylic setting.


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Any crime on campus tends to be petty, involving loss of or damage to belongings. It is extremely rare to hear about a threat to anyone’s physical well being. Still, Public Safety is a very visible presence on campus. Officers are generally very friendly, and the department is well stocked with accomplishments. This is one place where you do not have to worry about being alone at night, which gives much more flexibility in deciding whether or not you’d like to study in the library until midnight. Dorm security is also very good. You can’t get into any of the residence halls without your OneCard (student ID). However, you should still be careful to check who’s behind you before you open the door for them.

Students generally leave their doors unlocked despite a recent spike in thefts on campus, which Public Safety calls “crimes of opportunity”. Students should take extra care and lock their doors during large social events, like Las Vegas Night, when many people on campus are not members of the community and may not be respectful of the honor code. Overall, Mount Holyoke maintains a very trusting atmosphere, regardless of minor burglaries.


Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 22
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Central Services Building, second flood
1-911 (emergencies) (413) 538-2304 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour campus patrol
  • Bicycle registration
  • Emergency blue-light phones
  • Lockout services
  • Officer escort service (from campus parking lots or academic buildings to residence halls between 12:30 a.m. and dawn)
  • Safety workshops
  • Self-defense classes (RAD and karate)
  • Vehicle assistance
Health Center
Patti J. Groves Health Center
Monday-Tuesday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • 24-hour triage nurse
  • Alcohol and drug counseling and support services
  • Allergy injections
  • Anonymous HIV counseling and testing
  • Counseling services including group therapy
  • Immunizations
  • Individual therapy
  • Infirmary
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Outpatient appointments
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription pickup
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Safer-sex supplies
  • X-Ray and lab tests
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • The Sexual Health Educators (better known as *InTouch) are students who, supervised by the Office of Health Education, are on a mission to provide accurate information about sexual health issues to students. They also manage to make it fun; for example, with their yearly Sex and Candy Dorm Workshops.
  • The Department of Public Safety's staff instructor for RAD classes has been nationally recognized by the RAD program. She also helped develop their manual for key-chain defense.
  • Mount Holyoke Public Safety has merged with Hampshire College Public Safety, providing safety and security for both campuses.
  • "Kevin the Party Cop" is the most famous officer on the Public Safety force. Once a presence at parties, Kevin is now lead investigator, known around campus for his happy demeanor, bald head, and riding his segue.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 56 responses

  • 30% None
  • 15% Non-students on campus
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Violence among students

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 55 responses

  • 40% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 2% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 69% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 31% 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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