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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is a lot of crime.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: MERPO is great. the only thing is a girl cried rape when she wasn't and the school took her side and punished the boy THATS NOT OK

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I belive our campus is a safe place, considering the police force we have protecting us. We do live in Macon GA where there are some issues with people who don't belong on campus are here. I would defiantly make sure I walk home with someone.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Macon is an unsafe community, but Mercer does an excellent job of keeping its students safe.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The administration has not been that perceptive or helpful in regarding sexual assault. I haven't dealt with it personally, but I have heard from numerous students that they are not supportive of victims or victims friends. We have an education program as freshman thats okay, I would like something better. They also put on these punishment classes for some fraternities and sororities and seem to attack greek life rather than the entire student campus about sexual assault awareness and alcohol abuse awareness. I feel safe on campus and haven't had a problem. We have petty crime sometimes but I don't worry about it.


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Mercer has a relatively small and compact campus, so campus police have a fairly tight rein on its security. Mercer police—also known as MERPO—patrol campus 24/7, and there are a few blue-light emergency stations in the more secluded areas of campus (like the apartment parking lots) that students can access at any time. Many students are comfortable walking through campus at night, though it is prudent to be conscientious and even better to be accompanied by a friend if possible. MERPO will give students rides across campus if they are concerned with their safety. There are occasional incidents of car break-ins, robberies, or suspicious characters cutting through campus grounds, but they are usually promptly reported by MERPO through mass student e-mails.

Mercer’s Student Health Center is the primary provider of health services for all Mercer students, regardless of insurance coverage. It is staffed Monday through Friday by two RNs and a physician who sees patients by appointment. The Health Center is convenient but only provides basic care for colds, minor injuries, and the like. The physician can write prescriptions, but the Health Center cannot administer them. For other, more drastic health matters, the Health Center will generally refer patients to seek treatment elsewhere.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 2
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
Mercer University Police Department
Winship Street
(478) 301-4357
Safety Services
  • Anonymous crime reporting
  • Blue-light phones
  • Escort service
  • Tornado response plan
Health Center
Student Health Center
Patterson Building, second floor
(478) 301-2696
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Health education
  • Immunizations
  • Referrals
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 68 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 11% None
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 45 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 68 responses

  • 41% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 43% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 88 responses

  • 31% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 41% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 26% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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