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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are a lot of seminars and discussions at he beginning of the year and before Winter Study to train you to prevent sexual assault by being an active bystander and to know how to take care of your friends. Drinking is a big part of the social scene here. Fortunately, since it is a small campus, I usually know the people I'm partying with really well and always have friends with me, so I feel safe. But a story about a girl a few years ago who was raped by a hockey player and had a hard time because the guy was very popular and a lot of the campus turned against her for speaking out. The hockey player was kicked out and she transferred to Columbia. What was extremely appalling was that the administration reaccepted that hockey player as a student this year.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus because Campus Safety and Security do a great job of keeping us safe. It really does feel like a purple bubble, however that is not to say that sexual assault doesn't happen on campus. I have heard of a couple of cases of it, but that's it.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Not much crime around here. No one steals anything. I leave my room unlock.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Could be better but overall good.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety is great -- they're relatively well-liked on campus.


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There is no doubt that the town and college of Williams are safe. College security tries to make it safer by locking random doors and making fire alarms sensitive to the smell of fried onions.

The security staff members are some of the friendliest and most caring people around, but their priorities don’t always make sense. Known for their prompt and kind help, security officers on campus could ease off closing the libraries and be more attentive to drinking problems, but all-in-all, they do a good job of making students feel safe at their home away from home. Overall, the security staff makes sure the campus is safe and that students have a reliable source for their safety needs.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 68
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Safety and Security
Hopkins Hall, basement
(413) 597-4444 (24-hour/non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrols
  • Anonymous tip line
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Rape Agression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Security alerts
Health Center
Thompson Health Center
105 The Knolls
(413) 597-2206
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Eating disorder treatment
  • HIV testing (free and by appointment)
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Orthopedic clinic
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychological counseling
  • Rape and sexual assault hotline
  • Sports medicine
  • Student health education
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 16 responses

  • 48% None
  • 19% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Lack of safety escort services
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Walking alone
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 5 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 16 responses

  • 38% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 38% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 84% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 11% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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