You’d think a school in the middle of Memphis—a city famous for not only its barbecue but also its insanely high crime rate—would have serious safety issues. That’s not the case with Rhodes, though. The gates that enclose the campus form somewhat of a “Rhodes Bubble,” but, more importantly, they’re there to protect students from any unwanted outside visitors. Each entrance is either guarded by Campus Safety or a special access entry gate that only students and faculty can unlock. Furthermore, while you're walking around campus, it takes five minutes to find a Campus Safety officer rolling up in a golf cart or an instantly recognizable silver SUV. Campus Safety cannot be thanked enough for all they do for the students. Not only do they perform an amazing job of protecting the campus, but they’re also incredibly caring, friendly, and helpful during any type of problem, big or small. Because of that, students rarely feel unsafe within the gates.
That being said, Rhodes is still a college campus in a bustling city. Yes, it’s still a bad idea to go home with a random person you meet at a club on Beale Street or attempt to walk to Taco Bell at 2 a.m. (or any time, really). Some areas outside campus are very questionable, and if you have a car, you should consider getting a GPS because you don’t want to get lost in an unfamiliar area. Thanks to the honor code and general quality of Rhodes students, on-campus crime is much rarer (though it does exist). The honor code and hard work of Campus Safety make it easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of the most dangerous cities in America, and even though you might not have to worry too much about leaving your laptop in the library or keeping your dorm room door unlocked while on campus, the same cannot be said once you exit the gates.