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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You feel safe, it's a small town with great officers

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Never experienced any trouble. It's actually safe to walk outside at night.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The crime at the university is low. Campus police continuously patrol the parking lots. I think that the campus police should have to do routine walk through checks, through the buildings, making sure there are no suspicious activity or people. There are many help buttons throughout the campus, just in case there was a problem.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The University Police are very nice, and love what they do, making interactions with them significantly less painful than other locations may be.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. They have emergency call buttons if needed.


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Quite simply, safety’s not an issue. It may be uncomfortable to walk alone on the paths from the main library back to the dorms, but it’s definitely safe. Very few incidents have occurred on or around campus in the past few years. Even with those couple of incidents, the vast majority of the student body have no problem walking around campus late into the night hours. If walking doesn’t seem like a good option, the Student Escort Service (or LAID Van) is up and running from 6 p.m.–2 a.m. every night, carting students all around campus. On the weekends, the van even runs down to the fraternity houses, so you can make it to the fraternity parties and back with minimal work on your part.

VUPD makes themselves pretty visible on campus. They always have two vehicles patrolling campus to make sure nothing is awry. They are around for the students' safety, and it is evident that the majority of the students feel safe on campus. The police officers most often catch people for drinking or for parking in the wrong area, rather than any criminal activity. If there is any crime on campus, President Heckler makes sure that all students get an email about it right away to explain the situation.

You can wander outside of campus in the evenings with little concern, but just always be aware of yourself and your belongings. Valpo is safe, but just like everywhere else, it is a good idea to keep track of your stuff—if you don’t, someone else probably will.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 21
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
VU Police Department
816 Union St.
(219) 464-5430 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Emergency call-box phones
  • Student escort service
Health Center
Student Health Center
1406 LaPorte Ave.
(219) 464-5060
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Counseling services
  • Flu shots
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Medical referrals
  • Physicals
  • STD testing
  • Wellness exams
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The VU Police Department often teams up with fraternities, sororities, and other campus groups to provide informational and instructional seminars related to self-defense, drug prevention, alcohol abuse, and other related topics.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 48 responses

  • 26% None
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 36 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 47 responses

  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 49% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 32% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 67% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 30% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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