Health & Safety

Jackson, MS
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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the campus is gated and security is constantly roaming around campus to help

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security at the gate lets everyone in, but harasses the students about illegal activity. They should worry about the trespassers first.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on Millsaps's campus. It is a small, beautiful place to be. Keep your doors locked though to avoid neighborhood hoodlums stealing your belongings. On occasion that doesn't help, they break in anyways. Campus gets a little sketchy at night but security is usually golf carting around keeping an eye out.

Niche User

Health & Safety: When someone gets robbed, it's a big deal. That's how infrequent assaults are here. If you need to have some minor medical issue taken care of, you can drop in to the health center between classes, and red tape is extremely rare.

Niche User

Health & Safety: At first, with all the buzz on campus about the violent crimes and the sirens (which are the local fire department, actually), you think you're in a real nasty spot. Inevitably, you realize that as long as you make sure that when you walk across campus you've got a friend, you're in one of the safest places you could be.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 218th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 561st
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bryan Dupree
Plaquemine, LA
Political Science and French
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 6
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 5
Security Office
Campus Safety Department
(601) 974-1234 (emergencies) (601) 974-1184 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour staffed dispatch center
  • Card-access facilities
  • Closed-circuit cameras
  • Emergency call-boxes
  • Security fences and entry gates
  • Security lighting
Health Center
Wesson Health Center
Campbell College Center, First floor
(601) 974-1207
Monday-Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
Basic medical resources
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • In addition to owning several alarm systems across campus, for many years Millsaps has utilized emergency call-boxes. They are one-button, automated units that connect directly to dispatch.
  • A Jackson Fire Department station is visible from campus. The two largest medical centers in Mississippi can be found within a block of the College as well.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 5 responses

  • 43% Criminal activity near campus
  • 29% None
  • 14% Lack of safety escort services
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Excessive drinking
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 60% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 40% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 12% We have campus police?
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
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