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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe. Students are very responsible and Saratoga is a very safe place

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Our campus is really safe. Fall 2014 was apparently the most insane semester in years, due to some wanted criminal with a gun hiding in the woods, and a bomb threat. Things like that almost never happen. Campus safety handled those really well and really efficiently.

There's some theft on campus, but the school makes sure that everyone is aware of any problems that occur. It's not as big of a deal as in a lot of other schools. I once accidentally left my laptop in the dining hall, didn't realize until I got back to my room, went back, and found it and all my other stuff completely untouched.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We definitely have an issue with sexual assault, but it's kept under wraps, so the general student body doesn't know a lot about it. Most people don't report it, Title 9 is horrible to deal with. And the process is VERY weighted towards women, if you are a male victim, good luck...

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety is very quick to respond helpful even in non-emergency situations such as jumpstarting a car.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: They're nice, but I believe poorly organized at times


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Skidmore's Campus Safety is a 24-hour resource on campus. Commonly referred to as "Campo," Campus Safety officers patrol the campus day and night via the Campus Safety vehicles. Their presence is certainly known, but not overbearing. The officers are there to help you more than to get you in trouble, though it is Campus Safety who breaks up on-campus parties. Students can call Campus Safety for a range of issues, from a personal safety concern to helping too-drunk students to just helping get into an apartment if a student is locked out. Most students feel safe walking around campus alone, though some students feel more comfortable walking in groups. The campus is generally well-lit, and there are blue-lights in multiple locations around campus. Students generally feel safe about their belongings on campus; it is common to leave your belongings in the library while you grab lunch.  

The health center is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.), and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (walk-ins only). Health Services offers many services, including immunizations, men's and women's health, medications, and a nutritionist. Some students feel as if Health Services is mediocre in quality, but it certainly has a lot to offer in services.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 4
  • Burglary: 5
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Campus Safety
Jonsson Tower
(518) 580-5566 emergencies; (518) 580-5567 nonemergencies
Safety Services
  • Bicycle control
  • Emergency blue-light telephones
  • Operation ID
  • Personal safety escorts
  • Safety surveys
  • Silent witness
  • Skidmore Urgent Notification System (SUNS), mass notification system via email and/or text
  • Snow/weather line
  • TIPS line
  • Vehicle jump start
Health Center
Health Services
Jonsson Tower, first floor
(518) 580-5550
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol/drug information, education, counseling, and referrals
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Diversity information, education, and support
  • General lab testing
  • HIV/AIDS information, counseling, testing, and support
  • Physical exams for health maintenance
  • Resources for health-, illness-, and wellness-related topics and issues
  • Sexual assault/sexual harassment information, prevention, education, counseling, and support
  • Smoking cessation information, education, and support
  • STD evaluation, testing, and treatment
  • Women's health and gynecological exams
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
There are 24-hour security patrols on campus, both by foot and by vehicle.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 47 responses

  • 21% None
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Drugs
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 13 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 48 responses

  • 44% High quality, very convenient.
  • 35% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% 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 47 responses

  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 66% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 64% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 34% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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