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2 College Senior

Health & Safety: People like to ignore any issues because they do not want the school to get any bad press. There are great support services if you go to the right people. There is a large homeless population in Fredericksburg that is constantly encroaching on the campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everyone looks out for each other and if something out of the ordinary is going on, we let the campus police know immediately

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This is a very safe campus, however, you can never be too careful with who you surround yourself with.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They have officers escort you to your dorm late at night if you do not feel safe. they also have a blue emergency police button all around campus. they send out alerts if anything suspicious is happening and what to look for. they are a very good at what they do and always ensure our safety. I've never felt unsafe here.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe, but things do happen in the area.

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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 52 responses

  • 18% None
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 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 27 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 52 responses

  • 37% 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.
  • 6% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 37% 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.
  • 7% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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