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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Most incidents that happen are close to campus off campus events not directly on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Maryland has a good security system in that we have blue light systems so you can press a button on several blue lights if you are being followed and the security team will track it and respond. You can also call nite-ride if you need transportation at night from dorm to dorm or nearby off campus to dorm.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: College Park is not the safest city.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus crime was not a big issue for me during undergraduate school. The campus is big but most of my classes were during the day.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is a blue light system and police auxiliary which help especially at night to add a sense of security, however, the school is situated in the middle of a high-crime area and there are frequent crime reports regarding assaults, robberies, and shootings.

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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 208 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 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 52 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 206 responses

  • 47% High quality, very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 207 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 23% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 207 responses

  • 17% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 36% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.

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