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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As a woman, I always felt super safe, as I come from a small town and never really feared walking alone, but many of my female friends didn't want to walk home alone from the library at night. There has been a fair amount of sexual assaults and crimes, the school usually just puts up yellow flyers saying exactly what happened everywhere. That just makes me, at least, feel weirder about it.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Though Skidmore has a Title IX action against it currently, I feel the campus is working hard to improve support systems and preventing future assault. I am a woman and I feel very safe on campus (though I do not party, so I am not around alcohol or out late at night).

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a health center and campus safety

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Always felt safe on campus.

4 College Freshman

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


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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 51 responses

  • 21% None
  • 16% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Drugs
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 19 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 51 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 65% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 60% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 38% 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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