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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In one semester I have heard of 3 sex crimes and 1 hate/race crime. The school tries to put a stop to any crime on campus, but it's not working well.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This is a safe campus. There's always going to be a people who run into problems but the resources on campus are extremely helpful and convenient .

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sarah Lawrence is a bit of a basket case. While many people came here to have a heaven from assault because of identity, and sexual preference, there have been some cases where people have been attacked. Not by anyone from the school, but by (excuse my french) bigots who come and drive through campus to harass students. Now, this is by no means a frequent thing. But in the last year there were if I remember correctly 3 separate cases. Sarah Lawrence though is a very protective community and will very quickly together (students and staff) to try and improve safety and ward off future incidents. So far, no more since then have occurred.

If you are assaulted because of your differences, know at Sarah Lawrence you will have a big family behind you to help.

You are never alone.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There needs to be more comprehensive consent workshops, and the main street is often a dangerous place to walk, however the security vans are helpful and make me feel much safer.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The health care center is okay the open hours are not convenient at times and the appointment system is better than last year but could use improvement through a most open schedule.


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That bizarre buzzing sound you heard at 3 a.m. was probably a security guard circling campus in a Honda Pilot. Security guards are a familiar, reliable presence, and the numerous emergency towers make it easy to contact them if you’re in trouble. Students agree that the campus feels safe, but its urban surroundings can get creepy at night. Nervous about walking around campus after dark? Catch a ride with the student shuttle. Unfortunately, security can’t always be in the right place at the right time, and students have been victims of harassment and robbery on the streets surrounding the campus. The best plan is to avoid traveling alone and to stay off roads such as Kimball Avenue unless it’s absolutely necessary. On campus, crime largely revolves around students who make the mistake of leaving their belongings unattended or their rooms unlocked.

Health Services is a mixed bag. The options are comprehensive, and you’ll be treated nicely by a staff of kindhearted professionals. But the cramped, outdated building that houses Health Services spells inconvenience. They don’t have room for a full laboratory, meaning no HIV testing, nor do they have space to hire more nurses, meaning you’ll be in the waiting room flipping through magazines for a long time if you don’t make an appointment.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 15
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
The Department of Public Safety & Security
Westlands Desk
(914) 395-2384
Safety Services
  • 24/7 security services
  • Campus emergency notification system
  • Campus escort shuttle service
  • Defibrillators on campus
  • Emergency phones located throughout the campus
  • Fire and burglar alarms
  • Public Safety & Security vehicle and foot patrols (uniformed)
  • Safety workshops
  • Self-defense classes/seminars
  • Shuttle service to local train station
  • Sprinkler systems
Health Center
SLC Health Services
Lyles House
(914) 395-2350
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Birth control
  • Diagnosis and treatment for short-term physical illnesses and minor injuries
  • Educational programs
  • Emergency contraception
  • Gynecological and pap screenings
  • Health education
  • Prescribe common medications
  • Referrals
  • Regular allergy injections
  • Routine lab work
  • Safe sex counseling
  • Sexually transmitted diseases testing and treatment
  • Therapy and counseling
  • Vaccinations
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 22 responses

  • 16% Excessive drinking
  • 16% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 14% None
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Drugs
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 20 responses

  • 15% High quality, very convenient.
  • 40% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 35% 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 21 responses

  • 14% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 29% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 5% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 33% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 19% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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