Health & Safety

Location
Lawrence, KS
Undergrads
17,130
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. I have never had any threatening incidents and neither have any of the close circle of friends.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I think awareness would make the sexual assault decline

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Like every town, there will be some sort of sexual assault but I honestly feel very safe on my campus!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Watkins is great. It's SO much better than LMH (Lawrence Memorial Hospital) and is open almost every day. The staff is so friendly. Sometimes appointments are hard to get, it just depends on the time of year and the day of the week. The walk-in clinic also varies with waiting time. The pharmacy is very convenient and the staff is very helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is a significant emphasis on taking sexual assaults seriously, and taking preventive measures against sexual assault.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 225th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 455th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 756th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Hometown
Overland Park, KS
Major
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Safety and security are high priorities for any college campus, and that’s no different for KU. There is a blue-light emergency phone system students can use if they have an emergency on campus, which helps everyone feel safer walking on campus at night. There are security desks in the entrances of every dorm, and guests must be checked in and out by leaving a drivers liscense at the front desk. Students must use a University ID card to get into the dorms at all times, not just at night. The University also offers services like Safe Ride, which offers students a free ride home, whether they are intoxicated or just afraid of walking home in the dark.

Students generally feel that the KU does a good job ensuring safety on campus, but the University can only do so much—students are responsible for keeping themselves out of bad situations and their belongings safe. The biggest security problem at KU is theft, so it’s important for students to keep tabs on their things, like laptops, wherever they are. It’s easy to feel safe in Lawrence, but locking doors to dorm rooms and off-campus housing is very important. If students are careful, theft and other security problems won’t be a concern.

 

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 82
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Public Safety
1501 Crestline Dr.
(785) 864-5900
www2.ku.edu/~kucops
Safety Services
  • 24-hour response
  • Closed circuit TV cameras
  • Crime alerts
  • Emergency phones
  • Night Watch
  • Personal safety courses
  • Safe Rides
Health Center
Watkins Memorial Health Center
1200 Schwegler Dr.
(785) 864-9500
www.studenthealth.ku.edu
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Men's health
  • Nurse help line
  • Nutritionists
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic
  • Urgent care
  • Wellness Resource Center
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • The University offers a program called Jay Walk, where students can ask to have someone walk them home or to their cars.
  • KU has 46 outdoor blue emergency phones and 36 indoor phones.
  • Student fees help pay for campus safety improvements, such as more emergency phones. The fee started back in 1992.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 90 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 11% None
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 13 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 89 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 52% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 90 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 90 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 12% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 36% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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