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Health & Safety


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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: On campus is very safe, off campus can be sketchy

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Totally one-sided justice system (to be expected)

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very kind people at health center, open at all times.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is not very prevalent on Whitman's campus. Generally, most students feel very safe on campus at all times as there are excellent services in place that are ready and willing to help when necessary. Whitman stresses their intolerance for sexual assault very intensely and most students as first years are quickly introduced to the campus's sexual assault awareness policy.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assault prevention is HUGE here


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Since the campus is relatively small and everything is within walking distance, Whitman students tend to feel safe because it is easy to get from one place to another rather quickly and the center of campus is generally well lit. Most students do not feel threatened by other students or outside visitors. Students do not often utilize the blue light system and escort services because they are rather unhelpful. Due to security’s limited resources, students find it preferable to walk home alone than wait the 20 minutes for an escort to arrive. However, in recent years, particularly after several on-campus thefts and muggings, the administration and student government have been hard at work to improve security and student safety.

However, campus can, at times, be deceptively safe. Theft does occasionally occur, but most students feel it’s not a huge problem. Students often leave their belongings lying around, such as in the library, where they will set up a study area with their textbooks, laptop, mp3 players and food, only to leave for several hours at a time. They may leave doors wide open, whether to their dorm room or house, and walk alone late at night. Nonetheless, employing a little common sense by being aware of surroundings and sticking in groups while out late keeps the majority of students perfectly safe. Since the community of students is tightly knit, where most people know each other, most students don’t feel endangered in one another’s presence.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 1
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 6
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Security
7-911 (emergencies); (509) 527-5777 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Emergency phones
  • Security escorts
Health Center
Welth Center Student Health Services
11 Merriam St.
(509) 527-5281
Daily 24 hours
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Contraception
  • Counseling center
  • Dietician consultations
  • Health education programs
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Infirmary beds
  • Injury care
  • Laboratory
  • Medical equipment
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical exams
  • Physical/massage therapy
  • Referrals
  • Sexual assault exams
  • Transportation to outside health appointments
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Security Escorts are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. "Yellow Jacket" Escorts are provided from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., anywhere within a two-block radius of the campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 20 responses

  • 37% None
  • 19% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 14 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 19 responses

  • 5% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 21% Not very visible.
  • 11% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 75% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 21% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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