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Health & Safety

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Campo is always just a call away and even walking back from the library at one in the morning I feel safe on this campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Northampton, and Smith especially, feels very safe. Crime is rarely heard of. Camus police does their job well. I walk across campus and even town at ungodly hours of the night often.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe walking around campus alone. Campus police is always willing to give students an escort home if they want it though. Thefts have occurred in the libraries and art building, but people are generally pretty vigilant and from what I've heard, there are generally thorough investigations following an incident like that.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a pretty safe campus. Well light, campo is always around. The quad tends to drink a lot though and people definitely get transported.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Smith has a really safe campus!

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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 42 responses

  • 31% None
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 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 12 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 40 responses

  • 18% High quality, very convenient.
  • 20% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 30% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 8% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 69% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 5% 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 42 responses

  • 62% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 36% 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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