Health & Safety

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Western is pretty safe other than occasional robbery, not many people get assaulted

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There are emergency kiosk places throughout campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The administration is very supportive and discreet about reporting violations.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall I feel safe on campus, although I would rather be in a group I would feel safe enough to walk across cmapus alone at night. There has been some crime on campus, usually occuring at finals week every semester, but the WKU Police are great about getting emergency alerts out to students via text to let them know what or who to look out for. As for WKU Health Services, it's very convenient and student friendly, but there are a few doctors there that I would rather not go to. There are a few that dont really help students, they just assume theyre pregnant or have a cold and just send them on their way without really listening. As long as you get a good doctor your experience with health services will be fine.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Our campus isn't the worst, but if you're a female then you should definitely watch out for yourself at these Greek parties.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 57th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1042nd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1315th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

WKU has its own police department, with nearly thirty officers committed to serving and protecting students. The University knows that college campuses have a bad rap for safety, so they do their best to make sure nothing bad happens. Residence halls are monitored at all times, where students need a key to get into a building and an ID to get past the front desk. Guests (even students from other halls) must be checked in. Overall, the whole campus is really well-lit, including the parking lots, and there are many emergency poles located around campus—push a button and the police department will receive a distress call. There are cameras around the buttons, and, in the extreme case of someone chasing a student, security could follow his or her path by the buttons pushed across campus. Western also offers an escort service (for any time of day), an optional text message alert system, as well as a Provide-A-Ride service, which picks up intoxicated students and gives them a free ride home (with their Western ID).

The health center is also a good service. It is not open all night, but when it is open, it's available for anything from emergency care to check-ups, so students don't have to leave campus. Students can call and schedule an appointment, or just walk in. They offer free HIV testing at certain times during the semester and free flu shots, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 10
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 30
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
WKU Police
Beneath parking structure #1 facing Diddle Arena and the football stadium
(270) 745-2548 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Emergency poles
  • Emergency text message service
  • Escort service
Health Center
WKU Health Services
1681 Normal Dr.
(270) 745-5641
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Colposcopy
  • Contraceptives
  • Digital X-ray
  • Drug screenings
  • Health counseling
  • Health promotion services
  • Immunizations and vaccines
  • Laboratory
  • Men's health
  • Pharmaceutical dispensary
  • Physicals
  • Prescriptions
  • Primary care
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 69 responses

  • 17% Walking alone
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% None
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Drugs
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 68 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 6% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 57% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 6% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 28% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 19% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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