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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: i think on campus is pretty safe, however, the surrounding area is less so.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school campus feels very safe, but the areas just off campus are usually very sketchy, especially north of campus and on the Ave. During the night, the UW campus becomes the only safe place around, as all the surrounding areas are generally unsafe.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This is the 4th campus I've been able to call mine. It's the only one that didn't seem extremely sketchy at night which is strange because there is so much more foliage on and around the campus. They keep it very well lit, open, safe, patrolled, and populated enough, so that assault is not a big problem. I think most of the assault goes on at local bars, and house parties.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The UW police keep everything reasonably safe. I've never been afraid walking on campus. I don't know how safe they keep dorms or parties, but I would assume it is much of the same.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus and think that the university has a lot of measures in place to make students feel safe and to deal with occurrences swiftly and efficiently.


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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 216 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% None
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% 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 136 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 215 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 61% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 13% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 262 responses

  • 17% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 30% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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