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4 College Student

Health & Safety: Yale feels very safe and was easy to get use to.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You're in New Haven, which isn't the safest city, but Yale does a lot to make sure you feel safe and secure. Security guards are everywhere. Yale itself is relatively isolated from the surrounding city. You'll be fine if you just follow regular common sense safety rules.

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: There is next to no crime or assault on the campus. I feel very safe at Yale.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: New Haven has a bad reputation, and unfortunately, some of it visits campus once in a while.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Generally very safe. New Haven is not the best but there are Yale police and secured buildings. Generally good.

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Although New Haven is an urban setting with its share of crime, students agree that they generally feel safe on campus and in town. Nearly all assaults happen off-campus or in less-frequented areas and take place late at night. Graduate students are most often the subjects of robbery or assault, most likely because they tend to live or work on the edges of campus.

Because New Haven is a city, it is easy to end up in a bad part of town simply by walking three blocks in the wrong direction. But you quickly learn what and where these places are and when to avoid them. Yale has its own police force, separate from the New Haven Police Department, and its presence is felt. There are also many services for student safety, such as police escorts to walk you home after late-night study sessions.

Although New Haven can be dangerous, it's normally safe unless you are unwise and walk home alone late at night. Most students agree that the safety services and security are a great resource and advise incoming students to make use of them. As long as you use common sense, there is rarely a reason to feel in danger.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 51
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 13
  • Vehicle Theft: 4
Security Office
Central Alarm Station
(203) 785-5555
Security Office
Yale Police
101 Ashmun St.
(203) 432-4400
Safety Services
  • Blue phones located all around campus
  • ID key cards required for access to buildings
  • Lockout service
  • Minibus service
  • Night escorts
  • S.T.O.P. Program (Security Tracking of Office Property) for laptop tracking
  • Shuttle services
  • Yale Police
Health Center
Yale HEALTH Center
55 Lock St.
(203) 432-0246
Most departments are open daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Birth control
  • Mental health
  • Physicals
  • STD testing
  • Urgent care
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 51 responses

  • 22% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 10% None
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 28 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 51 responses

  • 33% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% 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 62 responses

  • 29% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 21% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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