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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The University of Washington PD works diligently to create a safe environment for students. With an active greek community and close proximity to a major metropolitan center, crime is high near campus and students are aware of that. Self defense classes are offered by the student gym, the police are regularly seen, and students are constantly updated via email about new crimes, trends to be aware of, and relevant emergency contact information. My complaint would be a limited number of emergency alert stations on campus and the high crime in general that exists around the school.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: For being in a large city, UW is the safest part of seattle and i feel very safe there.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The safety and security on campus is adequate. There are safety "poles" speckled around campus, however, they do not necessarily make one feel safe. In the recent years there has been a slight increase in physical police presence. While this is a good thing, the fact that we need more police in the area in response to the increase shootings, hold ups, and attacks is more or less nerve-wracking. In the end, as long as one is smart about where they are and when they are there, the campus is a safe place.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I do not have much to say about this. I know that we have something called Hall Health where you can go anytime you need to deal with health issues.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime does not really occur on campus, but it is pretty common just outside of campus on the Ave or greek row. People are mugged and frat houses are robbed quite often.


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The UW creates and supports reliable and effective services, like Night Ride, a shuttle service that offers rides to students going to and from campus. Despite the precautions in place, however, there have been rare incidents of attack, rape, and other forms of violence reported around campus, and the homeless population on the Avenue concerns some students. The UWPD are a pretty dependable group, but UW's location in the middle of a well-populated city makes it a more dangerous place, and nightfall exposes campus to some of the same dangers city dwellers experience.

Much of the school grounds light up at night for the protection of any night wanderers, the dorms are locked and secured so that only those with keys have access, and emergency phone booths are scattered throughout campus. Certainly campus efforts cannot make students immune to violence and victimization, but there are fair precautions taken against dangers, and for the most part, students have many resources to protect themselves from danger.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 75
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 19
Security Office
UW Police Department
1117 NE Boat St.
911 (emergencies), (206) 543-9331 (non-emergencies), (206) 543-0507 (business)
Safety Services
  • Bike and/or electronics registration
  • Campus alarms
  • Citizen's Academy
  • Domestic/relationship violence
  • Fingerprinting
  • Husky NightWalk
  • ID theft support
  • Lost & found
  • Police Ride-along
  • SafeCampus hotline
  • Sex offender information
  • UW Alert
  • UW WatchDawg
Health Center
Hall Health Primary Care Center
1552 University Ave.
(206) 685-1011 (information), (206) 616-2495 (appointments)
Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours nurse consultation line
  • Assessment of chronic conditions
  • Consultation/treatment for sports-related injuries
  • Counseling and therapy for mental health concerns
  • Dermatology
  • Immunization services
  • Online access to health professionals
  • Pediatric care
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Preventive care
  • Recreational scuba diving medical exams
  • STD counseling
  • Study Abroad assessments and physicals
  • Treatment for illness or injury
  • Wellness resource center
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The University has an emergency message system called UW Alert for students, staff, and faculty. E-mails and text messages are sent out to subscribed members with health and/or safety alerts happening on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 171 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% None
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 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 45 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 169 responses

  • 54% High quality, very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 170 responses

  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 15% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 170 responses

  • 16% 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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