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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have many programs in place from students and administration to prevent and react to sexual assault. We take it very seriously here on our campus.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Vandy is a safe campus, just don't be dumb. Be informed and take action.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Despite having a lot of campus police officers around everywhere, both on the undergraduate and graduate campus, there seems to be a relatively high number of sexual assault cases. There was also an attempted kidnapping and there have been numerous thefts on campus. However, it seems that the campus continues to make adaptations and to take further measures to better protect students and is putting forth an effort to decrease these problems. I personally have had no problems. Be smart and you'll be safe for the most part.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt in danger ON CAMPUS, because I walk to and from work at student dining frequently at night. I'm not worried about walking alone, and there are many emergency call buttons. I don't get out much, and am not faced with the possibility of sexual assault very often, but it has happened a few times on campus. Vanderbilt is actually under review by the government for the handlings of sexual assault cases, but I am not sure what the implications are of this review.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Vanderbilt is located very close to downtown Nashville so there is always the possibility of someone from the street walking on campus. I have never had any problems with safety on campus but I am always weary of walking by myself at night.

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Vanderbilt is very safe in that there isn’t a great deal of crime in spite of its urban location. However, many students feel that the community is more vulnerable to serious incidents than the often joked about string of indecent exposure offenses.

Truth be told, the main campus is very poorly lit. It would be a challenge for anyone to spot an emergency blue phone while standing at another one—they are too few and far between. This mixed with the general naiveté of the student body is troubling. With the establishment of the Commons on a more remote portion of campus, freshmen in particular are now more than ever prone to long walks alone at night. However, Vanderbilt and its police force are very well equipped to handle any problems—and the statistics back them up. But, it might make more sense and be beneficial if they’d spend more time patrolling the walkways and entrances of campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 12
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 30
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 6
Security Office
Vanderbilt Police Department
2800 Vanderbilt Pl.
(615) 322-2745
Safety Services
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Education programs
  • Emergency phones
  • Motorist assistance
  • Rape Aggression Defense
  • Vandy Vans shuttle bus program
  • Victim services
  • Walking escort services
Health Center
Zerfoss Student Health Center
Zerfoss Building, 1161 21st Ave. S.
(615) 322-2427
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and drug counseling services
  • Allergy shots
  • Counseling
  • Dermatology
  • General medical services
  • Gynecology care
  • Lab services
  • Nutritionists
  • Routine immunizations
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel medicine
  • Urgent care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Vanderbilt Police are actually a division of the Nashville Metro Police; therefore, they are real policemen, unlike the security guards at many other universities.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?     Based on 49 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 8% None
  • 8% Drugs
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 17 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 47 responses

  • 36% High quality, very convenient.
  • 34% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 27% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% 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 49 responses

  • 43% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 43% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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