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.