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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall I trust campus security. They're really nice people, but they are absolutely no-nonsense with dumb freshman. One told me they send certain cars depending on if they think someone's going to puke in it or not. There was a serious incident with a stalker/peeping tom in the Upper Quad last year, but police handled it pretty well and the guy is going to prison for a few years before being deported back to China. The police presence is pretty strong on the weekends, and they really are there to help.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never once felt unsafe on campus. Being a small girl, i feel really safe. The campus has the blue light system as well as constant patrol but the UNH police department and the durham police. If anything were to happen, there is an entire building dedicated to those affected by sexual assault whether it was them personally or someone who knew someone who was assaulted. The school takes rape very seriously. I haven't heard of it happening though which is good.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The college seem to be very concerned about the safety and security on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UNH has a great program called SHARPP for victims and those that want to spread awareness.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Most pathways on campus are well lit at night and have emergency help call stations on them.


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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?
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 107 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 12% None
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% 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 40 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 106 responses

  • 36% High quality, very convenient.
  • 40% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 106 responses

  • 29% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 49% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% 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 107 responses

  • 33% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 12% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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