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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: From what I have heard there are certain areas and parties where sexual assault is more prominent, but for the most part it is pretty safe. Stay with friends, don't walk anywhere alone at night.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Quite a few emergency contact boxes that are lit up around campus in case of sexual assault. Dorms are locked all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking around, and if I feel unsafe I can always call escort services.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is very large and I don't prefer to walk alone at night. I would always suggest going with another person or group when walking anywhere outside of campus because there is crime in the city

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are serial options if you do not feel safe at night walking alone one is Bronco Safety which will pick you up and drop you off anywhere on campus from 9pm-6am and they also security that are also available to walk to one place to another so you are not by yourself. We also have a lot of emergency 911 boxes as well as Campus Security that drive through out campus multiples thought out the night.


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Western Michigan is among the safest universities in the state. The University has its very own police department that maintains a very strong presence on campus, especially during the night hours. The Kalamazoo police department, as well as the local sheriff, patrols the campus on a regular basis alongside the Western police department.

Campus is well lit, and there are a number of easily accessible blue-light boxes where, if someone were to run into trouble, a simple push of the button sends police officers to that location in 30 to 60 seconds to assist you. Crime on campus is virtually nonexistent, though. In the past few years, one minor incident has occurred on campus, making Western one of the safest places, even when you're walking alone. Campus police will go out of their way to ensure your safety.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
511 Monroe St.
(269) 387-5555
Safety Services
  • Alarm systems
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Escort services
Health Center
Sindecuse Health Center
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
(269) 387-3287
Monday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Dental care
  • Health promotion and education
  • Immunizations
  • Labs and X-rays
  • Physical exams
  • Tobacco cessation program
  • Travel immunizations and counseling
  • Women's health
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Did You Know?
Western Michigan University has its very own police department that patrols the campus and the surrounding area.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 105 responses

  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 11% None
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 49 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 105 responses

  • 48% High quality, very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 105 responses

  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 104 responses

  • 25% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 22% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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