Health & Safety

Milwaukee, WI
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2 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is a lot of campus crime, including mostly robberies and drug activity. However, there is a campus police force called DPS that is there to protect us (although they seem to value writing up students for underage drinking more than keeping the streets safe, which is ridiculous).

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I love how many support options there are for not only sexual assault victims, but anyone who needs them. The counseling center is awesome, and I can go there to talk to people about my family issues I'm currently facing, and it doesn't cost me anything.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The public safety officers on campus are everywhere, which makes you feel a lot safer. Definitely be smart and walk in groups when possible.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In my opinion DPS is there when needed and helpful.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Crime does occur, but can be avoided by being a smart citizen. The student safety tries its hardest to protect us. If anything does happen, there is swift action. Crime does occur though.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1022nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1368th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1390th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jordan Abudayyeh
Frankfort, Illinois
Broadcast and Electronic Communication
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The Department of Public Safety, an important part of MU, functions to create a safe environment for members of the University community to live, work, and study. The department has a highly visible presence both on and off campus, and also sponsors safety education programs, which encourage solid safety habits in both students and faculty. Students do say that the cost of being located in a major city is that the University is located near a rather shady area, especially on the outskirts of the official campus grounds. Yet, the occurrences of threats to personal safety are not frequent, and if you use common sense, there is no need to worry.

Student safety services on campus include offering safety escorts and transports throughout campus, observing and reporting suspicious or unusual activity, and providing an active presence in the off-campus area. The Department of Public Safety knows there is a potential safety problem, and they want to keep students safe. The University’s residence halls are kept safe and secure—residents must pass a reception desk and swipe their ID card in order to get in. The desk is staffed with student receptionists during the day and into the early evening. At night, Public Safety officers operate the reception desk.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 36
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Parking Structure 1
(414) 288-1911(emergencies); (414) 288-6800 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot/vehicle patrol
  • Bike patrol
  • Blue-light phones
  • Closed-circuit cameras in select parking lots
  • Escort services
  • L.I.M.O. Van service (student-driven van transport)
  • Self-defense education
Health Center
Student Health Service
Schroeder Complex, lower level
(414) 288-7184
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Dermatology
  • Eating disorder evaluations
  • Immunizations
  • Lab work
  • Men's health
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Monitoring of chronic illnesses
  • Nutritionist
  • Physicals
  • Preventative care and screenings
  • Referrals
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • TB testing
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
According to the FBI, Milwaukee (the nation's 17th largest city) had the 10th lowest violent crime rate in 1997, and 13th lowest overall crime rate.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 64 responses

  • 27% Criminal activity near campus
  • 22% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% None
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 64 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 34% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 38% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 53% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 5% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 41% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 6% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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