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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security has never seemed to be a concern at my time so far at UMass. Every residence hall requires check-in from a resident of that specific hall after 8pm each night. They also encourage residents to not sign-in strangers as anything they do will result in the user to be responsible. Also, for large events such as Blarney and Super Bowl weekend, the campus is extremely secure, offering 24/7 security and check-in at all residence halls on top of police supervision.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel the UMASS Amherst community is a relatively safe place and I never feel scared or nervous walking around campus. The security does a great job and I think they enforce the rules to the best of their ability. At night I still think it is best to walk around campus in a group if you are going out especially as a girl, but there generally isn't anything that I need to worry about and I feel very safe.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I usually feel pretty safe. We have the blue light system which helps.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety and security on campus is extremely high. I have always felt safe when I have been on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: police are "active" and ready, we have a bluelight system, which calls the "police" and sets off an alarm, for people escaping assault visible everywhere on campus, drugs occasionally bring in one or two unsavory people but the police are very good at "removing" them from campus

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A strong focus is placed on safety and security, on and off campus, but just like many large campuses, thefts still occur here. However, they are usually nonviolent and involve microscopes, car stereos, and books. Certain areas of UMass experience more crime than others, including Southwest Residential Area, parking lots, and the many off-campus apartment complexes, but this inevitably coincides with the population size of these areas. Students can protect themselves from crime by walking with friends and staying in well-lit areas, being vocal, locking doors, never leaving a personal item unattended, carrying a cell phone, and remaining alert at all times. UMass also has many safety services to keep students safe, one of the most visible being the blue-light system. It is said that when standing anywhere on campus, you should be able to see at least one blue light, where you can hit an emergency button to summon help that will arrive within minutes. There is a free campus shuttle and walking escort service, so you will never have to walk alone at night. In the dorms, security monitors keep track of non-residents who enter buildings, and police officers and cadets are on constant patrol. Police have a generally positive presence on and off campus because, although they are known for their love of handing out parking tickets, they are not out to bust parties—their main concern is simply to keep everyone safe.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 11
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 62
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 11
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
UMass Amherst Police Department
Dickinson Hall, 351 Hicks Way
(413) 545-2121 (non-emergency)
www.umass.edu/umpd
Safety Services
  • Blue-light system
  • Campus shuttle
  • Card access to dorms
  • Crime alerts
  • HELP phones at all dorm entrances
  • Rape Agression Defense (RAD) courses
  • Residence hall student security program
  • Safety education programs
  • Security cameras on campus (more than 600!)
  • Walking escort service
Health Center
University Health Services
150 Infirmary Way
(413) 577-5101
www.umass.edu/uhs
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Accupuncture
  • Allergy clinic
  • Athletic Health Enhancement Program (AHEP)
  • Basic health care
  • Eating disorder clinics
  • Eye care
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Lab services
  • Mental health
  • Mind/body medicine clinic
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Occupational health services
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • Tobacco treatment program
  • Travel medicine
  • Urgent care clinic
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • The most read section of the UMass Daily Collegian is the police log section, which records any arrests that take place on campus.
  • A popular scam at UMass is when people who are not affiliated with the University go around to each dorm at the end of the semester and pay students cash for their textbooks, usually about $5 per book. This practice is illegal, and you can actually get quite a bit more for your books by bringing them directly to the textbook annex when you are done with them.
  • The UMass police department commonly patrols campus on horseback.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 179 responses

  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 10% None
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Drugs
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 99 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 179 responses

  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 25% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 208 responses

  • 22% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 60% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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