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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UD cares about it's students

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I personally have never been a victim of assault on campus, but I do know of someone who lived on my freshman floor who was last year. Walking the streets of Newark can be dangerous, but mostly because of Newark residents, NOT the actual students or faculty at the University.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are UD alerts all the time, but I think it is average.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a big school and there are a lot people out and about so you'll never be completely alone. I could see some more cops out at night.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Besides the fact that a guy who killed a kid just for taking his speakers is still a student and not in jail, safety is really top notch here.


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While there have been problems with the safety and security of a handful of UD students, there is essentially nothing to worry about. Safety issues are not uncommon in a college atmosphere such as Newark, where alcohol and youth account for a good majority of the crime. UD is certainly no worse than any other large campus and, if you put a little effort into avoiding bad situations, you should come through college unscathed.

On a day-to-day basis, most students don't really worry about security. While it is always wise to keep an eye on your belongings, crime isn't a major focus. The number of muggings, attacks, and rapes has been quite high, with the result that students have been a little more aware of their actions. There are many safety features on campus that help get students from one point to another, but these same features sadly do not extend to off-campus locations. This weakness has been a major issue, as nearly half of all UD students live off campus, and UD has taken some steps to change it. No college is completely free of problems, but Newark is a small town that is relatively safe and secure.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 32
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 8
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
413 Academy St.
(302) 831-2222
Safety Services
  • Bicycle identification
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Operation Identification
  • Rape Aggression Defense
  • Silent Witness Reports
Health Center
Student Health Services
Laurel Hall
(302) 831-2226
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Counseling and student development
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Immunizations
  • Inpatient services
  • Laboratory services
  • Massages (discounted service)
  • Medical clinic
  • Medication dispensary
  • Men's health
  • Nutrition
  • Radiology services
  • Self-care cold and wound centers
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic
  • Wart clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Theft is the crime with the second highest number of incidences. Leaving your things unattended in the library makes you a prime target, so keep an eye on your things. Even books are a valuable commodity to a thief on campus.
  • Even if you are 21 or older, you cannot walk around in public with an open alcoholic beverage. You will receive a fine for an open container violation.
  • You can now get emergency contraception (also known as the morning-after pill) at the Health Center thanks to the activism of certain student groups.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 160 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% None
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 100 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 160 responses

  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 25% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 188 responses

  • 18% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 59% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 22% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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