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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus. There is very little crime.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Actually, a burglary did occur at my dorm once this year. No one was hurt, and police were quick to respond and handled the situation well. Generally, I feel safe on campus. There is a campus-wide alert system that operates through text, call, and email, which is very effective.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: In the grand scheme of schools, I would say we are likely among the best at addressing sexual assault issues. However, that does not mean we are good. That means that this nation has a serious issue with the way we treat and fail to respect others' and our own bodies. This is prevalent on college campuses, where alcohol often gives us a green light to touch others without first and foremost fostering an environment of consent. Serial rape is a different matter, and I do not think Stanford has dealt with rape issues particularly effectively. Even so, students are working hard to change these policies to keep in mind that survivors of sexual assault often face a lifetime of mental and physical trauma, and that such issues should never be taken lightly. I look forward to seeing if a sexual assault class becomes required for frosh so that students will be equipped to understand what a respectful, consensual, and fun situation looks like. Gray areas in sexual assault are far too common, and a required class can help to draw those lines a bit clearer.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I never felt unsafe on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is an issue on every campus even here

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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 51 responses

  • 28% None
  • 20% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Walking alone
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Criminal activity near campus
  • 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 20 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 51 responses

  • 47% High quality, very convenient.
  • 25% 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 51 responses

  • 4% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 69% 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 57 responses

  • 63% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 35% 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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