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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is no problem with the health and safety of students.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is crime on and around campus sometimes (we are in a city), but the odds that you or someone you know will be affected by it is miniscule, so it would be kind of ridiculous to base a college decision on this. The campus itself is very safe. Guys will never feel in danger, and girls probably will only if walking alone at night (same as just about anywhere else probably). The school is super proactive about informing you about crime (it's honestly kind of annoying how many times they notify you over a stolen kit kat bar haha). Campus police are awesome and super lenient. You'd have to really cause serious troubles to be arrested as a student on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We only get a few (2-3) e-mails about crimes on campus per semester, and we usually just laugh at the stereotypical descriptions of the suspects

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is shifting its attitude towards sexual assault which is very helpful for victims.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. However, I would not walk alone off campus at night - Nashville is a city, and has some crazies, especially downtown.

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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 54 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 8% None
  • 8% Drugs
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% 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 34 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 53 responses

  • 26% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 68% 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 65 responses

  • 46% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 40% 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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