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1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police are abusive to students. I have known several people who were placed in so-called "protective custody" and hauled off to jail for the night who were only mildly intoxicated at best and were not in any danger (like, they were sober enough to talk to their parents on the phone after they got to jail and tell them what was going on and their parents couldn't figure out why they were in jail because they sounded sober). Another person I know was forced to get in an ambulance and was hauled off campus and dumped at the hospital in the middle of the night without any help or any way to get back to campus. She was also sober enough to talk to her parents on the phone. The protective custody thing is all a sham the campus police are using to try to control student partying. The administration knows this is happening and does nothing about it. Maybe it's all their idea; who knows. The people I know have been very traumatized. It has not had the desired effect because it has not changed their attitude about partying; it has only made them distrust the campus police more and want to keep their activities more secret. It also has not helped curb student partying because there is just as much partying as ever. The campus atmosphere is not healthy because people are afraid to get help if someone has had too much to drink because the penalties for students who are caught drinking are very harsh (for example, taking away scholarship money) and people are afraid they will be put in "protective custody" and have to spend the night in jail if someone finds out they've been drinking. I would be afraid to report a sexual assault if alcohol were involved because I would be afraid of being tossed into the conduct system and losing my scholarship. I don't feel safe living on campus because of the campus police.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: SHARPP is very good at getting the word out about preventing sexual assault, and luckily I myself have not had to experience working with SHARPP.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I haven't been exposed to this part of campus life yet because I am new to the school.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I generally feel very safe on campus, though it is an unspoken rule to never walk alone at night as a female. I would probably feel okay because there is always groups of people out.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are buildings that are easily accessible that allow students to come in and talk about their experiences with sexual assault whether it be about them or about other people. Either way, people can get help easily.

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Since UNH is a small campus, it is much easier to keep safe. However, no place, not even Durham, is ultimately safe. Most recently, the campus has dealt with a couple stalking cases, but, overall, there haven’t been any serious problems. It would be illogical to let a few isolated cases detract from how safe Durham really is. The campus police have a great relationship with the students and greatly care about their safety. When security or safety is compromised, the students are never left in the dark. Logistically, the emergency lights have a call button and an alarm that links directly to the headquarters of Campus Security. In theory, the lights are also placed so that each one can be seen from another light, so if someone is running from a threat, they can be tracked and helped more efficiently. With the recent problems with terrorism, all dormitories have been locked down 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The local Durham Ambulance Corps also helps with the safety of the students and community. These highly-trained individuals are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and tend to any problems that students may have. They spend most of their time responding to parties where people drank too much, but they have seen every kind of emergency at least twice. Overall, the campus is fairly safe, and most students probably don’t think twice about a walk alone to their car at night.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 4
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 8
  • Vehicle Theft: 8
Security Office
(603) 862-1427
Safety Services
  • Fire safety
  • SAFE rides
  • Security escort service
  • Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)
Health Center
Monday-Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Accupuncture
  • Allergy/immunization
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Massage therapy/meditation/yoga
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • STD screening
  • Student-run help line
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
UNH campus police provide vehicle jump-starts with a special "Jump Pack" that looks like something straight out of Ghostbusters!

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 134 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 14% None
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 101 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 133 responses

  • 32% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 49% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 168 responses

  • 37% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 9% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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