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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campo is always around. They are just a button or a phone call away. I feel incredibly safe walking alone.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't heard of any sexual assault incidents on campus but I know that the administration has made a point to ensure safety and support for any victims.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The only complaint here is that MHC is a public campus, so it's open to the public 24/7. Some of MHC's buildings also border main roads, so seeing cars driving through late at night is not uncommon. I have not personally heard of any sexual assaults on campus, and I have not been afraid that I would be sexually assaulted at any point. MHC also has a strict policy in terms of alcohol stating that, "Agreement given while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is not considered consent" and "if you have not consented to sexual intercourse, it is rape."

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: EXTREMELY supportive and safe community.


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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 42 responses

  • 33% None
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 1% Drugs
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% 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 7 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 42 responses

  • 38% High quality, very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 43% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 2% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 42 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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