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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The police people are great, calling for a safety escort late at night is wonderful.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall safety is good, however there have been some worrying events that have happened on or around campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are many systems set up to ensure we feel safe.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very safe overall. Every now then you hear about something happening but those instances are few.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is addressed in many ways. All Residence Halls are locked at all times, only those who live there and RAs have access to the specific buildings. Also, the Blue Light Safety System is implemented on campus-- anytime you were to feel unsafe, you can push a blue light button and automatically be connected to one of our on-campus police officers who will come and escort you to any building on campus. There are also student-driven golf carts around campus at night as well. In terms of sexual assault, all students are required to take a sexual assault training online, which teaches students more about it and how to prevent it and take care of those in need.

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Safety is an area that is amplified at Mary Washington, with safety escort services that, with a quick phone call, will drive students back to their dorm after a night class. The same police make hourly rounds up and down Campus Walk, just to maintain safety. The honor code is emphasized from day one at the University, and the campus' safety environment meets expectations. On campus, students claim they can leave backpacks and laptops around, and they will still be there a week later, untouched.

Generally, the worst it gets at UMW is having a bike or a valuable French II book stolen. It is always a good idea to take precautions anyway, even in such a calm environment, because the risk of having a book stolen or being in imminent danger is a present concern anywhere. Given that, it is important to keep in mind that there are emergency blue-light response systems scattered around campus evenly. Pressing the blue button will not guarantee a quick response, but seeing as the campus is so small, it should not take more than a few minutes for the police to arrive.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 3
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police
Brent House
(540) 654-1025
www.umw.edu/police
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Fingerprinting
  • Laptop registration
  • Safety escort services
Health Center
Student Health Center
Lee Hall, Room 112
(540) 654-1040
umw.edu/healthcenter
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shot clinic
  • Route acute health care
  • Women's clinic
Day Care Services?
No

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 55 responses

  • 17% None
  • 12% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 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 33 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 55 responses

  • 38% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 38% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 5% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 38% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 6% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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