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Health & Safety: Brock Turner was an isolated incident and doesn't represent the campus culture on health and safety.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Students are active in protesting against sexual assault and institutions who don't do enough.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Despite the size of campus, I feel that the school does a great job.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, the location is totally safe

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's good and they seem to care about the students

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Students are overwhelmingly satisfied with the level of campus safety. Given the huge size and isolated nature of campus, it is rare that outsiders venture here at night. The police forces are adequate, and they do a good job of patrolling. It is so safe that students feel at ease when walking or biking around late at night. Students may even leave their dorm rooms unlocked without any problems. The only crime that occurs frequently is bike theft. Sometimes—especially during move-in and move-out periods—there can be more serious theft from dorms, including laptops and other expensive electronics, but this is easily avoided by locking your door.

Though often viewed as a bad thing, the Stanford “bubble” phenomenon does create a very safe and secure environment. If you’re at a campus party, you can safely stumble back home. If you’re 21, you don’t even have to worry about carrying alcohol, as the current University policy does not have an open-container rule. It is true that a large number of the blue safety lights have been out of order for a while, but these are rarely used. Chances are, you will have a cell phone anyway. Overall, Stanford has very few big safety problems, so just keep your bike and laptop securely locked, and you probably won’t be the victim of any serious crime at Stanford.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
711 Serra St.
(650) 723-9633
Safety Services
  • 5-SURE Escort Service
  • Bike safety programs
  • Citizen complaint procedure
  • Emergency phones
  • Live scan services at Stanford
  • Lost and Found
  • Ride-along program
  • Security presentations
  • Stanford Community Emergency Response Team (SCERT)
  • University emergency notification system (AlertSU)
Health Center
Vaden Health Center
866 Campus Dr.
(650) 498-2336
Monday-Thursday 8:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy, immunization and injection clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Dental care
  • Emergency contraception
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical examinations
  • Physical therapy
  • Referrals
  • Routine appointments
  • STI screening
  • Travel clinic
  • Wellness and Health Promotion Services (HPS)
  • Women's health
  • YWCA Sexual Assault Center
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
If you ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable, you can call 911 from one of the multiple public phones around campus. These phones, in bright blue containers, can connect you to Stanford Police and the Stanford Hospital. You just give them the number on the phone, and someone will be there to help you within five minutes.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 56 responses

  • 26% None
  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Walking alone
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 27 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 56 responses

  • 5% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 68% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 64% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 33% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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