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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Campus police are usually on patrol, especially at night. There's the occasional bike theft, but crime usually isn't common on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Truman is a very safe school and walking alone at night is almost never a cause of alarm.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have an on-campus health center that offers health screenings, STD testing, counseling services, etc. I would always trust the staff that work there and feel safe there.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Whenever we get a sexual assault email from the campus safety department, there is always information how to go about reporting sexual assault. In my three years at Truman I have only received a handful of sexual assault emails. Two were last week and one resulted in an arrest of the offender. All around campus we have these big red emergency stations that have a button and will alarm the police to your spot, and I am pretty sure they make loud noises too. I feel safe walking on campus because I know I can run to one of those stations.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Truman is a pretty quiet campus, and the population is small enough that there are no concerns over its students. However, there are several emergency posts available all over campus and cops do patrol around campus at night.


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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 54 responses

  • 28% None
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% 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 36 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 54 responses

  • 9% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 13% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 69% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 28% 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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