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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If you leave the door open to your room things will get stolen. Calling campus PD late at night if something is going on is worthless. I had a group of guys jump out at me and chase me and they told me to relax because it was just some kids "fooling around". Sherman is definitely sketchy at night and the campus can be at night too. Campus PD rarely gets involved in any claims. Sexual assault is fairly common but rarely reported, and usually involves alcohol or drugs. Campus health center is worthless crap. The nurse is never there, clinics with the doctor are very consistently cancelled. When the nurse is there she tells you things that are medically incorrect. Clinics in the surrounding area are equally as unhelpful- you likely need to drive 45 min to an hour to the mckinney area to get reliable healthcare. Campus would probably be safer if less people were intoxicated all the time.

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: People here all know each other, so if you slept with you-know-who, it's extremely likely the entire campus will find out the next day.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus crime is pretty low. Some people's cars get broken into, but for the most part, it isn't a huge problem. Campus feels very safe, and I've walked through the town to my off-campus housing at all hours of the day and night. The school has also made a big push against sexual assault and harassment in recent years, but I've only rarely heard about sexual problems.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The nurse in the office is very distasteful and seems more judgmental than to help the students. Also if there is a personal conflict the administration doesn't seem to take it very seriously at all.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have been here for three years, and I have heard stories of someone being attacked by a local kid, maybe two or three times. Students say very frequently that the town looks suspicious or "sketchy", but I have often walked down to two nearby parks late at night and not been troubled at all, or even passed by anyone. It is very common for students to stay up late working in the wcc or science building or go to a friend's house off campus and walk back to their dorms after midnight. I would call campus security very loose, but I have never seen it really tested, and the attacks mentioned above were very well publicized. The only real problem is drinkers and smokers, who are quite common in certain parts of campus. They can be extremely careless, and in my freshman year a fire alarm was set off at five in the morning because someone's lit cigarette missed the trash can (this was 10 feet from my dorm room). To any AC students reading this, if you drink seriously, you're an asshole.

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AC is a close community, so it's easy to spot the outsiders who occasionally come onto campus because they're the faces you don't recognize. The fact that it is a walking campus without roads running through really cuts down on the strangers on campus. The area surrounding the school can be sketchy at times, but students are smart, and the campus police are always on the lookout. You will constantly see them zipping around in their carts. In terms of safety services on campus, there are blue security phones throughout campus, the campus police offer an escort service late at night, and all the residence halls require an ID card to access 24 hours a day. While there are some cases of crime, any real incidents aside from petty theft, very rarely take place, and you can trust most of your fellow students to look out for you and your belongings. Still it is always advisable to practice general safety. It isn’t advised to walk alone at night, particularly off campus. It is usually easy to find a ride, and when at a party off campus, there are always DDs willing to bring you back home.

As for health, make sure to wash your hands frequently. You live in a petri-dish at a college, especially if you are in dorms, and the flu can quickly spread across campus. Illnesses runs rampant through this small student population that lives in close contact. Once one person is sick, 20 people are sure to follow. Luckily, Health Services will take care of you when it happens. There's a nurse on duty five days a week for eight hours a day, and the doctor comes four days a week for an hour. Even if it's just a cold, it's worth seeing the nurse. It's free, you'll get over-the-counter medication, and you'll be excused from any missed classes. Aside from basic medical care, there are also counseling services available by two licensed counselors.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 2
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Austin College Police Department
Jackson Technology Center, Room 100
(903) 813-2555
www.austincollege.edu/campus-life/police
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol by campus police
  • Crime prevention information and programs
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Motorist assistance
Health Center
Austin College Health Services
Adams Center
(903) 813-2247
www.austincollege.edu/campus-life/health-services
Monday–Tuesday 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Dermatology clinics
  • Educational programs and events
  • Flu shots
  • Gynecology clinics
  • Laboratory services
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Referrals
  • STD testing
  • Walk-in clinics
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
You can get an escort from any building on campus during the night, so if you are studying until the middle of the night, you can call ACPD and get an escort back to your dorm.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 40 responses

  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% None
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% 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 8 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 39 responses

  • 15% High quality, very convenient.
  • 54% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 5% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 26% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 49% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 36% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 13% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.

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