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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: little blue lights around campus that can push if you dont feel safe and dps (campus police) will show up immediately. i feel safe on campus and have even walked home from library many times at 2 oclock in the morning alone and felt okay.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've heard about a few cases of sexual assault but they seem to be handled quickly. Anything violence related besides sexual assault I haven't heard of at all so I feel fine around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Getting an appointment at the health center can be challenging, especially during flu season.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on Truman State University's campus. I've never felt unsafe. There is minimum to no crime in Kirksville it seems like. You hardly ever hear sirens around town.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There isn't a lot of crime here. There have been a few sexual assaults. I don't ever really see any campus police on campus. I will occasionally see them driving around but not often.


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Kirksville has its share of advantages, and a safe campus atmosphere is definitely one of them. In this case, fewer people seems to equal fewer crimes. The most common offenses among students are—you guessed it—alcohol possession or consumption. But since nearly all the bars and parties are within easy walking distance, no one gets behind the wheel drunk. It's a familiar sight to see a group of glammed-out individuals stumbling and giggling across campus around 2 a.m. Even for girls, walking through campus late at night never brings a sense of fear or distrust. According to the DPS, the blue emergency lights that dot the campus have yet to be used, except in pranks, but frequent testing shows an average response time of less than three minutes.

The dorms are locked after 10:30 p.m., and Truman recently equipped the night monitors with ID-swiping machines to make the process a little more official. Theft seems to be uncommon, as well. The elaborate ruses some students use to prop room doors open—magnets, duct tape, even batteries—don't seem to increase the chance of laptops and televisions being taken.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 21
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
General Services Building
(660) 665-5621
Safety Services
  • Crime prevention, defense, and safety courses
  • Emergency blue-lights
  • Escort service
Health Center
Student Health Center
McKinney Center
(660) 785-4182
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Contraception
  • Laboratory tests
  • Vaccines
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • A daily campus crime log and annual crime reports are posted online at
  • For main holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break, the public safety department provides a shuttle to and from the La Plata train station for a small fee when vehicles and drivers are available.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 40 responses

  • 31% None
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 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 11 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 40 responses

  • 30% High quality, very convenient.
  • 42% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 5% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 28% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 72% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 23% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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