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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school tries to stop drug/alcohol use in dorms to save their own asses, not for the students. Students still receive gigantic punishments for minor offenses

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe at the campus because it is small

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I usually feel safe but I know there are systems in place such as the blue light or escort system if I feel in danger.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There's barely any campus crime except for the usual drug bust.


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Students feel safe at New Paltz, even when they are walking alone at night. Police cars constantly patrol campus and town. Crimes of any kind are rare, but the University alerts students immediately through email and/or text notification when a crime has been committed. This is also how students find out about school closings and snow days.

One great NP safety feature is the campus escort service, which runs all night. All you have to do is call the designated number, and someone will come and drive you where you want to go. All residence halls are locked to outsiders. When guests enter the building after 11 p.m., there are night hosts who ensure that guests sign in. Overall, New Paltz is really safe.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 11
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
University Police
Service Building 100
(845) 257-2222
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Escort service
  • Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD)
  • Residence halls remain locked 24 hours a day.
  • Silent Witness
Health Center
Student Health Center
Gage Hall
(845) 257-3400
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Discussion of urgent medical questions
  • Free flu clinic
  • General health care
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 70 responses

  • 20% None
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 10% Drugs
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 41 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 72 responses

  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 77 responses

  • 40% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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