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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Earlier this year, StartClass, put out a list naming Oakwood as one of the 25 most dangerous universities. This is actually a joke. I'm not saying nothing ever happens, but there are so many universities in this did Oakwood end up on that list. A press release on the situation can be found on Oakwood's website. I fee safe on campus, so...

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: People are very aware and proactive when it comes to sexual assault.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As of now I have not heard of or seen any crime on campus. We have campus patrol which go around campus and make sure there are not any suspicious activities going on anywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We don't really have problem with safety. No one has been sexually assaulted since I've been here

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: We have security on campus but no one takes them seriously. Everyone calls them veggie cops because they don't feel like the security would be able to protect us if something happened.


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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 60 responses

  • 18% None
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Drugs
  • 7% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 22 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 60 responses

  • 27% High quality, very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 22% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 59 responses

  • 42% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 49% 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 60 responses

  • 37% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 17% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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