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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I've never heard this issue addressed here.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The UWPD made an effort to show their support and resources during Orientation. They taught about registering valuables, the blue buttons around campus, hotlines to call when you or a friend are in danger, and who to report to about any sort of harassment. They came forward and made the initiative to become friends, so we weren't afraid to ask them for help later.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I personally have never had any problems, but the campus is in a city, and crime does happen. UWPD does a good job notifying the student body of criminal activity. Sexual assault is an issue, but the prevention programs on campus are well run and have excellent outreach.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: UW has it's own police department who are very active.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Being in the middle of a busy city, there are definitely some dangers to being out at night, but it is still relatively safe to be out and for the most part the assaults are minor compared to other places.

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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 219 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% 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 144 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 218 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 270 responses

  • 17% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 51% 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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