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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sexual assault and rape can happen anywhere. Go to parties with a few friends and make sure to have a sober driver.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is a beginning university that only opened its doors 9 years ago so it still has time to grow and improve.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sexual assault on campus is a big NO-NO! Nobody gets away with it if it ever occurs. Everyone will be supportive if it happens.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: I really feel as if the campus helps everyone who has had some sort of issues and helps them get to a better place.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: police don't bother anyone and are available on campus when needed.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 259th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 292nd
    Safest Campuses
  • 571st
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harini Kompella
Santa Clarita, California
Human Biology
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Students generally feel secure on campus. The town of Merced itself is safe during the day, but it’s good to be more alert during later hours, when there are a number of people who try to harass students and other Merced townspeople. With the police patrolling campus regularly, students feel comfortable enough to walk around on campus later at night, especially if they have to go back to their car or dorm after a late class or need to talk on the phone outside. While the police are around, they are not overbearing; they keep their distance. There is also an escort program on campus which allows students who do not want to walk alone late at night to call up a trained escort to guide them safely to their destination. However, it is not too common for students to use this service. There are also emergency centers around campus that students can call for help or to signal trouble.

Not all the students are as pleased with the health center’s services. There have been complaints that the personnel do not know how to prioritize appointments based on the level of emergency and over the inconvenience of getting an appointment. The quality of the services is pretty high, though, with the nurses and doctors doing thorough checkups. However, they are not always 100 percent sure what the student’s problem is or how to refer a student to another specialist accordingly. A student’s potential experience with the health center truly depends on the individual’s case; there are many students who have not had any complaints with the health center, yet others who have had a strong dislike for it.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 5
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
UC Merced Police Department
5200 N. Lake Rd.
(209) 228-8273
Safety Services
  • Campus escorts
  • Emergency booths
Health Center
H. Rajender Reddy Health Center
5200 N. Lake Rd.
(209) 228-2273
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Health education
  • Laboratory testing
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 58 responses

  • 16% None
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Drugs
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Gang violence
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 7 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 57 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 19% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 54% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 43% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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