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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus we are given access cards to our buildings this way not everyone can have easy access to our dormitories. This is a way to insure safety in the dorms and it also helps protect students from harm and strangers. The school also has it's own police system and alarm devices. In case of any emergency those people and devices are used to the max.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: police are always policing. they'll give you a ride if you don't feel safe. everywhere on campus has a sidewalk and is generally well lit

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have not once ever felt unsafe on campus. I know that if I ever were to feel unsafe that there are cops everywhere and that there are plenty of emergency call boxes to keep me safe.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UNCW takes great effort in student safety.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health and Safety is very good on campus!


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Campus safety at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is a priority and is executed thoroughly. Students feel very safe on campus, so much so that walking alone at night isn't questioned. However, students should still use common sense and always keep in mind that something could happen. Escort services are readily available if there is a late night at the library. UNCW has its own campus police force, not part of the greater Wilmington community, and is always patrolling around campus. The campus police are fully sworn officers, and their presence is very noticeable. There are call-boxes located all around campus, and from each box you should be able to see another. At night, the call-boxes have a lit blue light on the top, so they're very visible. If a student ever feels unsafe or if there is an emergency, he or she can press the button on the nearest call-box and talk directly to a UNCW campus police dispatcher. If a button is pressed and campus police don't hear a reply, they're going to assume it's an emergency and will be at that location quickly. The biggest crime on campus is "bike borrowing": If a student doesn't lock up his or her bike, it will get taken. So, students who bring a bike to campus should get it registered at the police station on campus. The residence halls all have 24-hour front desk personnel in the lobby that keep track of who is entering the building, making sure only students who live there can gain access. Visitors are welcome but just have to be signed in separately. UNCW students are kept very well-informed about anything happening on campus, such as siren tests or weather threats.

The Student Health Center, located in DePaolo Hall, is very accessible and convenient. It's free to go see a registered nurse if there is a concern, but costs will be applied for any tests or prescriptions filled. The pharmacy is convenient for students wanting to pick up any regular prescriptions on campus rather than off.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 58
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
University Police Department
Lionfish Drive
(910) 962-2222 non-emergency; 911 emergency
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Escort service, car assistance (car jump, locked keys in car, etc.)
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Safety call-boxes located throughout campus
  • UNCW alert services—email, text messages, social media alerts, etc.
Health Center
Student Health Services
DePaolo Hall, second floor
(910) 962-3280
Monday–Wednesday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Appointments
  • Education and outreach
  • Immunizations/vaccinations
  • Lab services
  • Men's and women's health
  • Referral to specialists
  • Walk-in visits
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 77 responses

  • 23% None
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 58 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 77 responses

  • 36% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 48% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 103 responses

  • 46% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 49% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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