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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have a blue light system that allows students to press the button. When the button is pressed they can be escorted to their dorm by the police.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus itself it is very safe. There are always a lot of people, cameras, policeman, etc. Many of the off-campus housings and restaurants right outside campus are not that safe though. During the school year I get at least one warning e-mail about armed robbery, break it, or assault on the streets. It is terrifying how much crime there is just right outside of the campus doors. Once I move out of the dorms I think I will go live with friends somewhere further away from campus. I would rather have to travel 20-30 minutes to school than be scared every night someone might break in my apartment with a weapon.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus crime is definitely less than crime that happens "off-campus." Most students after their freshman/sophomore year will move off-campus, where crime is unfortunately a norm. I don't feel safe walking around alone at night, and I personally know a few people who have been victims to the crime of College Park.

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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: There have been multiple occasions where sexual assaults happen and "peeping tom" situations.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is a texting and emailing system where the school's police let's the students know when there is danger; every single attack that I have seen has been off-campus. I'm not saying this is good, but it means the campus is the safest place for students. The police let you know at orientation to walk with friends at night or call them and they will walk you back to the dorm. There is also a night bus that rides after regular bus hours that will pick you up and drop you off wherever (run by the university). There are also blue security poles that have a phone scattered all around campus, a quick run from anywhere on campus will get you to it to call the police who will then reach you in 30 seconds or less. They are also equipped with cameras all over and the campus is well lite after dark.

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Maryland’s Department of Public Safety, University Police, and numerous educational programs on campus provide a safe and prepared community for most students, but the location of campus causes potential concern. No matter how many video cameras, emergency phones, or neighborhood watches there are at Maryland, trespassers, vagrants, and criminals will still make their way beyond the gates after hours. As students will learn from experience, educational programs, or word of mouth, these evil-doers could very well be a legitimate part of the Maryland community, such as students themselves. Like many campuses nationwide, there are petty thefts, a few robberies, and a couple of reported sexual assaults each semester.

For students concerned about being out at night, here’s an easy tip: practice running fast. The best method of traveling across campus without a car after dark is to run. It is not only healthy and time-saving, but it also lessens the chances of an attack. Many criminals prefer running from the police than running after their prey. If a student chooses not to take the suggested athletic way to prevent being a victim, then there are always other methods of being safe, such as using one of the many exceptional resources on campus like escort services. The easiest way to prevent a crime is to walk with friends.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 6
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 140
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 8
  • Sex Offenses: 15
  • Vehicle Theft: 39
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Service Building (003)
911 (emergencies); (301) 405-3555 (non-emergencies)
www.umpd.umd.edu
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Campus text alerts
  • Early warning system (sirens)
  • Personal security presentations
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Ride/walk along program
  • Sexual assault awareness
  • Video camera security system
Health Center
University Health Center
Building #140
(301) 314-8180
www.health.umd.edu
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours nurse line
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Dental care
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Men's and women's reproductive health care
  • Mental health care
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational health
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Primary care
  • Radiology
  • Urgent care
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • The UM Department of Public Safety is the only university police department in the state to offer a fully-certified, entry-level police training academy.
  • Students can sign up for text alerts when a campus-related emergency occurs-including early notification on snow days.
  • Students can also check this link for any emergency information: http://www.umd.edu/emergencypreparedness/weather_emer/.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 250 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 6% None
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Drugs
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 141 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 249 responses

  • 14% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 296 responses

  • 20% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 31% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.

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