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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There has been a big push on campus to make the college a safer place.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Memphis is an interesting city. There are super safe neighborhoods right next to very sketchy ones. Going off campus during the day, even if walking alone, is completely safe and harmless, but at night I would never walk anywhere alone.

On campus, I have never once felt endangered or worried that I might be attacked. Campus safety does a magnificent job of keeping the campus safe.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally feel very safe on campus and I know that for the most part, the Campus Safety workers do a really good job (and will even give you a ride to the hospital if you need to go there, but calling an ambulance is unnecessary). They give out rides if you aren't feeling safe and will head over to check out any suspicious activity you may detect. The honor code pretty much prevents theft from even being an issue at all on campus. The only concern really is the dominance of frats/sororities combined with the strong presence of alcohol on campus. Misconduct due to that combination is a reality here.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Even though Rhodes isn't too far off of some of the sketchier areas of Memphis, I have never felt unsafe on campus. Campus Safety watches the entrances to campus so that people are unable to just wander into our school.

The Honor Code is also taken very seriously. You could leave your computer and phone out all day and they would be there when you returned. I also only know a few people who feel uncomfortable leaving their dorm rooms unlocked.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus safety is greatly available on campus, at any time of the day and night.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 4
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Safety
#5 Spann on the northwest corner of University and Tutwiler
911 emergency; (901) 843-3880 non-emergency
Safety Services
  • 24/7 communications desk
  • Blue-light phones
  • CCTV cameras
  • Electronic keys for hall access
  • Exterior fence surrounding campus
  • Outdoor emergency warning system
  • Special programs, including rape awareness workshops and personal protection seminars
  • Staffed gatehouses
Health Center
Moore Moore Student Health Center
Moore Moore
(901) 843-3895
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Counseling services
  • General physicals
  • Gynecological exams
  • Health education information
  • Illness treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory tests
  • Self-care counter
  • STD testing
  • Wound care
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 32 responses

  • 27% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 15% None
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Walking alone
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 6 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 32 responses

  • 47% High quality, very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 6% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 58% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 39% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 3% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 55% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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