Health & Safety

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

Health & Safety: I do not pay too much attention

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I think it's safe around here since i see campus police everywhere, and Watkins health center is right on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety is great.

I am so not impressed with the health center. I took my roommate to get tested for strep and the lady took the throat culture with out gloves after having hacked into her hands not even 5 minutes before. I only saw an RN when I got a shot. The worst thing is that they say they work with all insurances but that's a total lie. One of my worst experiences has been at the health center.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: A lot of security driving around campus. Walking between buildings can be intimidating due to lack of light. There have also been some off-campus attacks on women in the last 6 months

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Often misdiagnosed and are not easy to deal with.

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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 82 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 12% None
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 81 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 53% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 23% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 10% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 49% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 39% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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