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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt in danger, however if something happens Public Safety isn't always quick to respond. Also, upperclassmen have complained about them using fire alarms or invalid reasons to search rooms, which makes it a little questionable. School said they're working on it though. There's not much campus crime so I wouldn't say it's bad.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel so safe on campus.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: No body trusts public safety on campus and measures have been taken as of the end of the year to resolve these issues. I have never felt uncomfortable walking or running around campus by myself however as a female student.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been break-ins and other misfortunes, but they do not happen often. I feel safe enough to walk back to my dorm alone late at night.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: I feel very safe when walking around the campus. It's in a safe area and everyone there is very friendly and would never hurt anyone.

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Public safety and health services at SU are great. All of the public safety officers are approachable and not intimidating or commanding. They make themselves visible on campus, and in the event that there is some sort of disturbance, they are quick to the scene. The campus itself feels very safe; students frequently walk by themselves late at night on their way from one building to another. However, when women walk home from off-campus parties, it is definitely a good idea to walk with at least one other person, just in case. There are many situations where a student's safety is dependent on his own common sense as well as that of his friends. SU has had several sexual assaults in recent years, and although date rape and assault happen on all campuses, the same rules remain the most effective: Don't put your drink down, don't go anywhere by yourself, and always make sure your friends are accounted for. There is a standing joke between females at SU that whatever symptoms you walk into the health center with, the nurses will always ask if you need a pregnancy test. Although it seems slightly odd to be offered a pregnancy test when you've sprained your ankle, it's a relief that the nurses and doctors are willing to discuss sexual activity frankly with students, as well as offer contraceptives, if needed.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 7
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Degenstein Campus Center
514 University Ave.
(570) 372-4444
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Advocacy and council for victims
  • Electronic locking of buildings
  • Emergency text messaging service
  • Extensive training for officers
  • Security cameras throughout campus
Health Center
606 University Ave.
(570) 372-4385
Health Services
  • Ambulatory health care
  • Appointment-based
  • examinations
  • Phlebotomy services
  • Prescription services
  • Referrals for lab work or x-rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • If a student is sexually assaulted, the nurse will always offer to drive the student to the hospital so that the student's privacy can be respected.
  • A physician assistant is available 20 hours a week at the health center to see students and give prescriptions.
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon, a fraternity on campus, has brothers available to walk students anywhere they need to go on campus.
  • The counseling center and the health center both have a nurse or counselor on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are also "health drivers" available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take students to the hospital if they need to go.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 32 responses

  • 17% None
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 30 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 31 responses

  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 19% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 15% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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