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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Public Safety (PubSafe) is always roaming around campus and are extremely friendly, nice to talk to, and comforting to know there are people around to help if anything happens. They are there 24/7 on campus and I feel safe.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Swarthmore has made safety a top priority since the start of its title IX investigation a few years ago. As an RA on campus, I have seen this effort on behalf of the administrators first-hand. It is too soon to tell if the policy changes have worked yet, but the administrators seem to care deeply about confronting the issue.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I walk alone late at night on campus frequently and have never felt unsafe. There are shuttles that run to the off-campus dorms, which is convenient and keeps us safe and dry.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Robberies never occur here. I leave my laptop in the library if I leave to get coffee and I never lock my dorm room door.

Sexual assault is a big issue here. Not because it happens any more than at other colleges but because we are an extremely aware community that makes these issues known. We are working on this difficult issue and we're doing our work to foster a culture in which it is not likely to happen.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

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Swarthmore is a relatively safe campus. Aside from a string of minor thefts on campus, there is a very low occurrence of crime at Swarthmore. Violent crime is virtually unheard of, and sexual assaults are practically nonexistent. However, the College could be safer in several respects. For example, if an intruder looks enough like a college student or guest, it would be easy for him or her to gain access to dorm buildings—the intruder can just wait until someone lets him or her in. Also, students often complain that the sidewalks are poorly lit and that there could be a few more emergency phones around campus.

Generally, Public Safety is there when you need them. At campus parties, Party Associates (PAs)—students trained by Public Safety officials—make sure everything runs smoothly. Any major incidents are reported to Public Safety officers. They will escort students to medical help, but they rarely report incidents to the police unless absolutely necessary. At the Worth Health Center, the availability of campus doctors, particularly on weekends and evenings, is a concern, mainly because this seems to be the time when students need them the most. However, the Center does have a distinctly friendly, homey feel that takes some of the edge off of being sick at school. The Health Center is particularly interested in an all too common Swarthmore affliction—stress. In addition to several alternative therapies, the Center offers psychological services to all students, including an on-call psychiatrist.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 18
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Public Safety
Benjamin West House
(610) 328-8333 (emergencies); (610) 328-8281 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Bike registration
  • Closed-circuit television system
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Emergency phones
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Lighted pathways and sidewalks
  • Student patrols
Health Center
Worth Health Center
Off Benjamin West Parking Lot
(610) 328-8058
24 hours when classes are in session
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Common medications
  • Health education programs
  • Infirmary care
  • Lab services
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Orthopedic consultations
  • Physicals
  • STD testing
  • Travel medicine
  • Vaccines
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • All first-year Swarthmore students are required to participate in an intense, student-led Acquaintance Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) workshop during orientation.
  • Worth Health Center has a masseuse, a trained nutritionist, and an acupressure therapist on staff to help deal with student stress.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 27 responses

  • 25% None
  • 13% Unlit pathways
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 6% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 11 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 27 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 11% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 77% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 23% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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