Health & Safety

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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Police only care about breaking up parties. They are NOT there to help you.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They have a safe path where it is a lighted path around campus. I will be taking that path a lot because I do feel safe on it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have not heard many stories of crime in Lexington.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: UK has free health care for students, it's very easy to call and make an appointment. We also have the PAWS Center which is where students can go to receive resources or self-educate themselves on things like smoking and weight-loss. Campus safety is good too, the walkways are well lit and we have shuttle services that can pick you up and take you somewhere on campus if it's late. I felt safe on campus, come on, we're in the middle of Kentucky, what's the worst that can happen?

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 11th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 354th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1288th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Schilling
Cold Spring, KY
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The Kentucky campus has been featured in several recent crime reports, especially crimes against women. However, drastic measures have been instilled to ensure student safety: a large number of officers patrol on bike, foot, and car, and safety buttons have been installed all over campus; just pressing them guarantees a quick response. Unfortunately, services like Catwalk have been handed over from organization to organization in a bidding war, leaving the service under-funded and all but abandoned. The best way to stay safe on campus is to store the campus police phone number in your cell phone and always travel with other students if you have to walk on campus at night. There really is safety in numbers! With a good measure of common sense, students should be safe on campus. Cellular phones are available for checkout at the William T. Young Library to make sure students have some way of being heard. What a great safety measure!

Student Health Services are effective, as well. Being away from home during a sick time is always unsettling but Health Services finds a way to set-up appointments and get students feeling better as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 22
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 8
  • Vehicle Theft: 20
Security Office
University of Kentucky Police Department
911 (emergencies) (859) 257-1616
Safety Services
  • Adopt-A-COPP
  • Background checks
  • Bike registration
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Event Security
  • Fingerprinting Services
  • Lost and found
  • Self-defense course
  • Sex offender registry
Health Center
University Health Service
830 South Limestone
(859) 323-5823 (University Health Service information) (859) 323-2778 (medical appointments) (859) 323-5511 (mental health appointments) (859) 323-4636 (information nurse phone) (859) 323-6451 (student pharmacy)
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Health Services
  • After-Hours Care
  • Allergy injections
  • Birth Control
  • Gynecological services
  • Hepatitis B vaccinations
  • Meningitis Vaccine
  • Mental Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Testing
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • UK Health Services provides eating disorder information, sleeping disorder tests, and suggestions for remedy.
  • UK students can check the UHS info line for information and updates, as well as view incident reports online.
  • A UK fraternity started the Catwalk escort program for anyone that didn't feel safe walking across the vast campus alone. The escorts are often referred to as "SafeCats!"

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 111 responses

  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% None
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 16 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 110 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 7% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 63% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 111 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 30% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 43% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 111 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 33% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 41% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 24% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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