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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Smith is on the Blue Light system, but there don't seem to be that many around campus. When a sexual assault or other crime is reported, Smith will send out an email so students can be on alert. While there is awareness and support for victims of heterosexual dating violence and assault, there is a lack of understanding for what that looks like in a homosexual relationship.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Times are not always convenient.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The lighting around campus isn't that great but I never feel unsafe really. Campus police is there to help you if you feel unsafe walking home at night.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Blue light system, amnesty policy, super safe

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe in general but several of my friends possessions have been stolen during this semester.

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Students agree that although there is occasional crime on and around campus, they feel secure and are not concerned about their safety. In their houses, residents leave their toiletries and towels in the bathrooms and often leave their doors unlocked. However, this feeling of safety and security on campus can lead Smithies to take risks that they otherwise would not. For example, thefts have occurred when students left doors unlocked over the weekend or during house parties, and doors left propped open for people who forgot their keys have led to incidents in which random people have wandered into houses.

Although there are few security issues on campus, students still complain about Public Safety’s lack of efficiency. For example, one of Public Safety’s jobs is to drive students between two points on campus late at night, but many who call for this service say Public Safety has been reluctant to help and won’t drive a student unless that student says, point blank, “I don’t feel safe walking alone.” While there are officers patrolling the campus 24 hours, they are rarely seen, and students have also complained that lights are usually out on campus, making it difficult to see people and the sidewalk.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 13
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
126 West St.
(413) 585-2490 (non-emergencies)
www.smith.edu/pubsafety
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Crime alerts
  • Escort services
  • Self-defense classes
Health Center
Elizabeth Mason Infirmary
69 Paradise Rd.
(413) 585-2800
www.smith.edu/health
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • On-site nutritionist
  • Physicals
  • Referrals
  • STD screening
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
Health Services added the option of visiting a massage therapist on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a small fee.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 50 responses

  • 28% None
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 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 23 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 50 responses

  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 70% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% 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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