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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everyone here is like a family. If I go to a party at a college down the street and there are other Oakwoodites there, I know that if anything goes wrong, they will make sure I get back on campus safely. Everyone here watches out for each other.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think they need more lights on campus and security is annoying.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I personally feel very safe on campus and in the surrounding areas.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never really thought about it security is there but there hasn't really been any problems where we really needed security

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe whenever I'm on campus.


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Health and safety is a high priority at Oakwood. There are hand sanitizer dispensers in the cafeteria and around campus to promote a cleaner environment and prevent the spreading of bacteria and sickness. There is a shuttle bus that leaves every half hour from campus to transfer one to health services if a student feels sick or just needs a checkup. There is no on-campus clinic, which can be inconvenient at times, and the service is not reliable because the doctor or nurse is only available on certain days. Do not get sick on a Friday!

For the most part, Oakwood is a pretty safe school. The safety officers that roam the campus have a constant presence. Many students did not feel safe in prior years because campus officers weren't allowed to carry weapons, but this year they did undergo training, and now they are able to carry handguns, which provide a more secure environment. Even with Oakwood’s safety, it is still important to take precautions. Places like the wooded areas and the rock quarry should be avoided after dark. The rock quarry is a great place to go in the day and enjoy nature, but it is not on campus watch. Always travel with friends if you are to go to this area. Areas like Blake Center and other crowded spots are the safest places. Secluded buildings like the B&T building, the Anna Knight building, and the swings are the most unsafe places on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 23
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Public Safety
7000 Adventist Blvd.
(256) 726-7371 (non-emergencies); (256) 726-7911 or 911 (emergencies)
Safety Services
Safety patrols
Health Center
Health & Counseling
4920 University Square, Suite L
(256) 726-7840
Health Services
  • Emergency and injury care assessment
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Medical equipment
  • Medications
  • Radiology services
  • Referrals
  • Treatment for acute and chronic illnesses
  • Women's health exams
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 78 responses

  • 20% None
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Drugs
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 6% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 50 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 77 responses

  • 44% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 48% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 88 responses

  • 35% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 15% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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