Health & Safety

Salt Lake City, UT
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There has been a crazy lady mugging numerous people, an armed robbery, sexual assaults, and several attempted kidnappings that happened throughout my first year but campus police does an awesome job at warning people and giving tips on how to be safe

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We do get campus-wide alerts via email or text, but it's still a little distressing that crimes happen so close to the university. We get an alert every now and then for a mugging or an attempted kidnapping on the corner of campus. Perhaps the security should focus on the outskirts of campus, where crimes are more likely to happen, than patrolling the campus when students are in class.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I know that there was a lot of bike theft of campus and some assault. They make an effort to make it known and send emails out to make sure you know whats going on.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Any crime committed on campus is always reported and sent out to the student body, so that we can be aware and alert.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The U takes security/safety very seriously.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 21st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 628th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 708th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brian Washburn
Salt Lake City, UT
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The University of Utah is as safe a campus as you will find anywhere—period.  Even with its size, the U of U is not a place that you will find stalking predators waiting in the shadows. Of course, common sense should always be applied, but crime on campus is few and far between. The dorms’ security systems were built with Olympic athletes in mind, so they’re top-notch.

The most common crime committed at the University of Utah is theft of personal items. Students leave backpacks unattended, or employees leave their office doors unlocked, and then someone swipes their stuff. Keep an eye on your backpack at all times and lock the door behind you! This is common sense no matter where you go in life. If you're feeling worried about your safety, you can always call the campus police, and they will be more than happy to escort you to wherever you need to go.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 25
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police and Security
1735 E. South Campus Dr.
(801) 585-COPS (2677)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrols
  • Battery jumps/help with vehicle lockouts
  • Electronic access to buildings
  • Emergency and blue-light phones
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Safety escorts
  • Walk in the Dark program
Health Center
Edwin & Grace Madsen Health Center
555 Foothill Blvd.
(801) 581-6431
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical care
  • Flu shots
  • Immunizations
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Prescription assistance
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing and treatment
  • Travel clinic
  • Tuberculosis screening
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 122 responses

  • 16% None
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 12 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 121 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 23% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 20% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 41% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 121 responses

  • 7% We have campus police?
  • 17% Not very visible.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 7% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 122 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 11% 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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