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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: When walking around on campus we have emergency blue lights. If we're ever in trouble we press a button on the blue light system and a FSU police will come right away. They take their jobs very seriously which makes me feel safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Tallahassee is generally dangerous considering it is a big city but on campus it is very safe, the FSU police do a great job.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Incidents do happen but they happen nearly everywhere. The faculty wants justice as much as anyone.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I felt overall safe when I was on campus. Of course, I received a few emails about crime on campus but it was generally late at night or early morning when it was still dark and the person was alone with earbuds in. I have been out late at night myself but I walk with a purpose and don't go down any paths that are unlit. You have to be aware of your environment. The Night Nole is also a great option to use, especially if your class runs late at night and you have to walk back across campus. I always felt safe in my dorm, we would swipe our FSU card to get into the building and the staff would do nightly patrols in the halls to make sure everything was fine. There are also alert buttons across campus that if a student was ever in trouble, we can push and it connects directly with campus police.

I was a student at FSU when the Stozier library shooting happened, living in the dorms. When it occurred alarms went off in our building warning us to stay inside and lock our doors. After finding out what had happened at the library and how the campus police responded swiftly and made sure no one else was hurt. Campus police made us feel safe in the time of chaos and I knew that we had some of the best proceeders in place at Florida State to make sure that all students remain safe while studying.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus police help keep things safe!

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Perhaps because Tallahasee is such a friendly town, people tend to take for granted that serious crimes rarely ever happen. Still, the University's Office of Safety and Security has done everything possible to ensure that the campus is extremely safe. Emergency phones are attached to blue light posts all around campus and the Safety and Security Shuttle allows students who feel either unsafe to walk or are too inebriated to drive from running into trouble. Most female students admit to feeling very safe when they walk across campus late at night, especially because all paths and streets tend to be well lit and clear of huge bushes or trees. All dorms require ID cards to enter, and as a result, many students don't always feel the need to lock their doors.

One of the main problems that occurs on campus is theft, mostly in places like Strozier Library or the Student Life Building, where students often leave their belongings unattended for long periods of time. Safety and Security officers generally do a very good job of tracking down stolen items, and for the most part, students tend not to steal from other students. Even so, Safety and Security encourages students to register their bicycles with the school in case they are stolen and then turn up a week later somewhere in town-as has been known to happen before.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 20
  • Arson: 8
  • Burglary: 61
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 8
  • Sex Offenses: 6
  • Vehicle Theft: 18
Security Office
FSU Police Department
830 W. Jefferson St.
(850) 644-1234
www.police.fsu.edu
Safety Services
  • Crime alerts
  • Emergency phones
  • Personal property registration
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • S.A.F.E. Escort Service
  • SafeBus
  • Silent Witness
  • Victim advocacy program
Health Center
Thagard Student Health Center
Magnolia Way, near Montgomery Gym
(850) 644-6230
www.tshc.fsu.edu
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy care
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Primary care
  • Psychiatry
  • STD/HIV testing
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
Confidential mental health counseling is available at no charge to students at the Thagard Student Health Center. Counselors specialize in many different areas, including alcohol/drug abuse, anger, assault/date rape, assertiveness, anxiety, depression, discrimination, eating disorders, family, grief, relationships, self-esteem, sexual abuse, sexuality/sexual orientation, social isolation, stress, suicidal thoughts, test anxiety/study skills, and time management. Counseling options include individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, crisis intervention, referrals, psychiatric consultation, workshops and presentations, and peer-facilitation training.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 349 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% None
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 169 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 349 responses

  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 61% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 407 responses

  • 21% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 26% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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