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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: there are adequate preventive measures put in place to help reduce the tendency for sexual assaults. I haven't heard of any sexual assaults since I got here.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Health Center and the Campus Police are really good at reaching out to the community and to people on campus. I've always felt safe on campus, even in the middle of the night all alone with nobody around.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't heard anything bad.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: On campus is very safe but off campus can be a little dangerous at times.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The first time you visit UMBC, you know you will feel safe. Every single student already attending UMBC were supportive, generous, and thoughtful to us upcoming freshmen. They took their time to get to know us and it was worth my time.

UMBC's security is caring towards their students and the administration actually encourages students to get involved in events whether debates, protests (friendly ones), and much more.


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UMBC is a safe campus. All students receive an e-mail any time a crime occurs on campus, and they can also choose to receive text messages in emergency situations. The UMBC police are available 24 hours—they are always on guard, ready to help any students in need and protect them whenever necessary. The staff includes sworn police officers, student marshals, and communications specialists. UMBC is the sort of campus where students can walk around late at night and still feel safe—some students have even reported feeling more safe here than in their own homes. Thefts are so uncommon here that some students will leave expensive property in common areas of campus and come back four or five hours later to find it in the same place (although this, of course, is never recommended).

University Health Services provides health care and educational services to all students, faculty, and staff. UHS offers diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illnesses, immunizations, preventive gynecological care, pharmacy services for prescriptions including birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and even acupuncture and therapeutic massage, among other services. Unfortunately, if you get ill when the office is closed, you may have to take a trip to the local hospital, St. Agnes, which may mean hours of wait. The student nickname for St. Agnes’s is “St. Agony,” a nod to the distress you’ll be in until they get around to you.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 20
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
UMBC Police Department
(410) 455-5555
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Fingerprinting
  • Online crime log
  • Rape aggression defense training
Health Center
University Health Services
Erickson Hall
(410) 455-2542
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Accupuncture
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • Lab testing
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physicals
  • Smoking cessation classes
  • STD testing
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Tuberculosis screenings
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • UMBC Police is available 24 hours a day.
  • The University newspaper, The Retriever, lists all the crimes that occured on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 97 responses

  • 18% None
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 56 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 96 responses

  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 110 responses

  • 43% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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