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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are lots of blue lights spread throughout the campus, and campus pd is easily accessible.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only problems I've had regarding Health was with the billing at Student Health, but I don't think it was their fault that the bills were so expensive!

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Administration is very serious about and committed to safety, especially concerning sexual assaults. They address every reported case and do a lot to inform about sexual assault, its prevention and resources. I think a lot of sexual assaults still go unreported though.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Again, I am not qualified to give an accurate review

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Disability services have been extremely accommodating and helpful!

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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 58 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% None
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 7% Drugs
  • 5% 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 45 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 57 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 76 responses

  • 46% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 39% 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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