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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think this is one of the safest campuses due to the attitude of students here about consent. Consent is viewed as really important here and students and faculty do everything they can to make sure people feel safe here.

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1 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is way to much sexual assault and drunken hook-ups at this school.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: No real safety issues, it's a small town. Hospital right off campus and police/ safety & security are never more than 5 minutes away

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe town just lock your bike. Seriously: lock. your. bike.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: v safe v secure v v v v v v v !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

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Perhaps because Oberlin is such a small town, people tend to take for granted that serious crimes rarely ever happen. Still, the College’s Of?ce of Safety and Security has done everything possible to ensure that the campus is extremely safe. Emergency phones are attached to blue-light posts all around campus, and the Student Shuttle System allows students who feel either unsafe to walk or too inebriated to drive from running into trouble. Most female students attest to feeling very safe when they walk across campus late at night, especially because all paths and streets tend to be well lit and free of bushes or trees. All dorms require ID cards to enter, and as a result of the general feeling of security, many students don’t always feel the need to lock their doors.

One of the main problems that occurs on campus is theft, mostly in places like Mudd Library or Wilder Bowl, where students often leave their belongings unattended for long periods of time. Safety and Security of?cers generally do a very good job of tracking down stolen items and, for the most part, students tend not to steal from other students. Even so, Safety and Security encourages students to register their bicycles with the school in case they are stolen, and then turn up a week later in the town creek—which has been known to happen before.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 19
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Oberlin College Safety and Security
159 West Lorain St.
(440) 775-8911 (emergencies) (440) 775-8444 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Controlled dorm access
  • Emergency blue-light telephones
  • Late-night shuttle/escort van
  • Operation Identification (engraving of personal identification information on valuables to assist in identification of lost/stolen property)
  • Self defense classes (Community Educational Programs, Community Action Makes Public Safety)
  • Walking safety escort program
Health Center
Student Health Sevices
247 West Lorain, Suite A
(440) 775-8180 (877) 924-7758 (24-hour nurse access line)
Monday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-6 p.m., Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4:30 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-6 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy services/allergy shots
  • Basic laboratory services
  • Counseling center
  • Gynecological health care
  • Health education and wellness programs
  • Pharmacy services
  • Some immunization
  • Treatment of common ailments
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Professor James Walsh, Professor of Sociology at Oberlin College, was once also the District Attorney for the town of Oberlin. So watch what you do in his courtroom!
  • One of the most serious crimes in recent times at Oberlin was when a college student hoisted a heavy womb chair out of Mudd Library, rappelled it over the roof of the building, and dragged the valuable piece of vintage furniture off campus. Unfortunately for him, the student was caught, and the college has since cracked down on womb chair theft.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 34 responses

  • 33% None
  • 19% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Drugs
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Walking alone
  • 2% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 17 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 34 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 64% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 31% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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