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Safety on Campus

The safety and welfare of the Roanoke College community is paramount. Salem and the Roanoke Valley are strong and safe communities where students are welcomed. Roanoke College Campus Safety maintains important training and partnerships with our primary first responders in the Salem Police Department and the Salem Fire Department. Campus Safety officers are sworn Conservators of the Peace with arrest authority on college properties.  

campus safety officer eating dinner with students
Campus safety posing with a senior in her graduation cap and gown
An officer from Campus Safety riding his bike around campus
Students dancing with campus safety
A student chatting with campus safety
Campus Safety posing on the front quad

Our campus safety team works hard to ensure you live and study in a safe environment. To help keep you secure, we provide the following safety services:

  • Ongoing vehicle, foot and bicycle patrols
  • 24/7 building security
  • On-call safety escorts
  • Multi-media, emergency "Maroon Alert" system
  • Trained emergency response
  • Continually tested fire safety equipment and procedures
  • Storm shelters
  • Vehicle jump-starts
  • Room and car unlocks
  • Special event security

In a classic college town, near one of America's most livable, family-friendly cities, Roanoke is one of the safest schools you'll find on the East Coast.