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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: People steal from the dorms/bathrooms/library occasionally so don't leave your stuff around. Also be sure to lock your bike, always.

People get sexually assaulted in campus and here is no different unfortunately. The jury is still out on whether Stanford handles sexual assault cases well or not. Most sexual assault, as with everywhere else, goes unreported.

Vaden, our health center, is very good about birth control, rape kits, STD testing, and any other sexual health related things you may need to access. They're pretty bad at everything else though - our CAPS program only provides limited therapy, sometimes when you go in when you're ill they'll just give you a gatorade or something and tell you to sleep on it. Coolest thing about Vaden is you get $3.00 (that don't roll over, unfortunately) per quarter that you can spend on subsidized condoms/sex toys/lube/etc. Condoms are 10 cents a piece unless you want fancy ones, male/female vibes are 5-8 dollars, lube is 2-3 dollars. They only take cash.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I generally feel very safe on campus. I don't usually walk around the edges of campus alone in the middle of the night, but that's just common sense. The police inform all students of occasional crimes (we get an email notification of an on-campus assault/break-in/prowler incident occurring perhaps once every other month). The vast majority of these crimes occur in non-central campus areas, like around grad student housing or isolated places where undergrad students rarely have reason to go. There are sexual assaults on campus, and most--though not all--are alcohol related at frat parties and such. I don't think there are more assaults here than anywhere else. There has been much more discussion about this issue on campus lately (as well as nationally), so hopefully there is improvement soon.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Overall, the safety is indeed great. Nonetheless, there have been recent occurrences where it has come to light that the administration does not adequately deal with those who have committed sexual assaults.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally have no experience in this area but we do get alerts from time to time about sexual assaults,etc that happen around campus. From what I've heard, it has greatly improved this year. The campus is really concerned about safety and have really started to emphasize the necessity to educate and empower individuals.

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3 College Student

Health & Safety: There is some crime, but usually only if you mix with the wrong crowd

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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 50 responses

  • 27% None
  • 20% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Walking alone
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 13 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 50 responses

  • 48% High quality, very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 14% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 50 responses

  • 4% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 68% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% 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 50 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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