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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Public safety does a great job of keeping us safe within the gates. McVicar student health services offers basic clinic care in addition to addressing women's health issues e.g. screens, pregnancy tests, etc.

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus there is theft which is always unnerving! But mostly close to campus there is so much crime that it can be a turn off to go out. I've had a friend shot, but most friends have been robbed sometimes at gun point.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Spelman College is a very safe campus. Though the surrounding area of the West End might not be the safest, campus security does a lot to make sure we feel safe off campus as well as on.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Spelman Police take their job seriously!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The guards are great, but they can't protect everyone in the AUC at once.

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Spelman takes on-campus security very seriously. Spelman has set visitation hours in the dorms specifically for males. This decreases the likelihood of non-Spelman students wandering the grounds after hours. You have to have both a dorm key and a room key to get in after midnight. Violent crime on campus is next to nonexistent, and the most you might have to deal with in the dorms is someone taking your calculator out of the study hall. At times, you will find yourself on the surrounding campuses of Morehouse, Morris Brown College, and Clark Atlanta University (CAU). All three of these schools have full-time security, but one thing to keep in mind when you are walking in the areas around campus is that Spelman security does not patrol these areas as often. You won't find too many campuses safer than Spelman College. For many years, the entire college has been surrounded by an iron gate, and the school has front and back gate entrances, both of which are monitored by security at all times. The back gate is generally only open during school hours. The front gate is always open, but vehicle traffic is closely monitored. You cannot get on campus without being checked for credentials by an officer. Of course, it is a little easier for women to get on campus, as they will assume you are a student.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 20
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Public Safety Department
West Campus Parking Deck
(404) 525-6401
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrols
  • Adopt-A-Dorm
  • Emergency phones
  • Fight Back
  • POSSE (Protecting Our Spelman Sisters Everyday)
Health Center
Student Health Services
MacVicar Hall, 350 Spelman Lane
(404) 270-5249
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Advice nurse
  • Clinical laboratory
  • Cold self-care station
  • Consultant services
  • Diagnostic services
  • Flu shots
  • Health education
  • Immunizations
  • Inhalation therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Physical exams
  • Primary medical clinic
  • Sick-call clinic
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Men are not allowed on Spelman's campus after visitation hours are over. This rule does not change after freshman year.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 43 responses

  • 25% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% None
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 10 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 43 responses

  • 58% High quality, very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 7% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 70% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 26% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 2% 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 43 responses

  • 67% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 26% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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