College is a time for growth and freedom, and students are often excited about being on their own. Unfortunately, each year college students are seriously injured and even killed on campus. Sports injuries, slip and fall injuries, and traffic injuries tend to be most common. However, violence caused by hazing and assault also contributes to injuries on campus. In fact, 26.4% of women and 6.8% of men experience sexual violence as undergraduate students.
There are other forms of injury, too. Dorms are often older buildings and may have unsafe flooring, showers, stairways, and other building components. Head injuries, falls, fractures, burns, and other injuries can occur because of these problems. Even bedding provided by colleges has been called into question, after a study found that about 8,200 emergency room visits between 2006 and 2015 were linked to school bunk bed use.