Although a few high-profile attacks on students by people unassociated with the College were reported in the past, many students feel as though safety has become one of the most important benefits of life at Millsaps. After the attacks, changes were made to increase security on campus, and it is now exceptionally difficult to enter campus after hours. Security is often viewed by students as a friendly foil. Unless necessary, parties will rarely be broken up. Many issues, including drug use, are solved in-house without the involvement of city police. A recent issue on campus has been identity theft. There have been reports in which students check their accounts only to discover tens of thousands of dollars of debt. Students seem to be unaware of this and tend to trust the administration. Still, there are those who feel that this is either due to a weak security system or individuals who have taken advantage of their responsibility within the Office of Financial Aid and Business Office.
To many students, the campus is safe enough to walk unaccompanied across campus late at night. The dormitories are electronically locked, but many entrances are propped open by student residents. One of the most popular campus pastimes is reading the security reports in The Purple and White, which documents all reported problems as if it were a Hollywood gossip column. These reports focus on the most bizarre of complaints, including one in which a student claimed that his illegal drugs had been stolen. These outlandish complaints highlight just how menial the on-campus security problems are.