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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime hardly ever occurs. I have never witnessed it, only heard about it second or third-hand. Security guards are always driving around campus to keep a watchful eye on the students they protect. Guards at the gate stop everyone who comes in unless they have a Rhodes parking sticker on their car. I personally feel very safe at all times, but for those who do not, Campus Safety offers to drive to your location on campus and take you to your desired location as long as it is around campus or on campus itself.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: safety slacks off on the job

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Our administration is awful to survivors of sexual assault and nearly always take the perpetrator's side.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: While there's definitely measures now in place to address safety, the school can do more in terms of preventative care.


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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 38 responses

  • 23% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 15% None
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Unlit pathways
  • 1% 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 13 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 37 responses

  • 51% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 41% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 8% 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 38 responses

  • 53% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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