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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think that overall it is safe but there are certain things I wouldn't do and certain places I wouldn't go alone

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: When I was feeling quite depressed near the end of the second semester, I confided in my Resident Assistant, who quickly put me in contact with Student Affairs. They were extremely sincere about aiding me, and in keeping me safe and healthy. I feel very content and protected on campus.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There were a few robberies my first semester at WMU which surprised me because it seems like there's always a police officer nearby. I know that improvements can be made but overall WMU is safe.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are many security measures on campus throughout the year. There are call boxes sporadicly placed, an evening watch group that walks around and assists people back to their dorms, Safe Ride which gives rides back to dorms at night, as well as Drive Safe Kalamazoo which gives rides to apartments or back to campus from Thursday through Saturday.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The staff and police at WMU make me feel safe when alone on campus.


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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 127 responses

  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% None
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 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 112 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 127 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 167 responses

  • 19% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 26% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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