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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security on campus has definitely increased and I don't feel like there is much danger. Although I do wish there was parking available closer to the classroom buildings, especially when I have late night classes.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: It is not the best but not everything is perfect, yet it is the best as it can be so it is great.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are emergency posts surround the campus and close to every housing building, classroom and student service centers. If you feel in danger you press the button on the post and the post will call a student office so they can assist you.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The school is super safe. There are these blue emergency buttons about 15 feet apart from one another. The police are always patrolling and students always have one another back.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are multiple posts where a student can ring in case of an emergency in the middle of the night.


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Students generally feel secure on campus. The town of Merced itself is safe during the day, but it’s good to be more alert during later hours, when there are a number of people who try to harass students and other Merced townspeople. With the police patrolling campus regularly, students feel comfortable enough to walk around on campus later at night, especially if they have to go back to their car or dorm after a late class or need to talk on the phone outside. While the police are around, they are not overbearing; they keep their distance. There is also an escort program on campus which allows students who do not want to walk alone late at night to call up a trained escort to guide them safely to their destination. However, it is not too common for students to use this service. There are also emergency centers around campus that students can call for help or to signal trouble.

Not all the students are as pleased with the health center’s services. There have been complaints that the personnel do not know how to prioritize appointments based on the level of emergency and over the inconvenience of getting an appointment. The quality of the services is pretty high, though, with the nurses and doctors doing thorough checkups. However, they are not always 100 percent sure what the student’s problem is or how to refer a student to another specialist accordingly. A student’s potential experience with the health center truly depends on the individual’s case; there are many students who have not had any complaints with the health center, yet others who have had a strong dislike for it.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 5
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
UC Merced Police Department
5200 N. Lake Rd.
(209) 228-8273
Safety Services
  • Campus escorts
  • Emergency booths
Health Center
H. Rajender Reddy Health Center
5200 N. Lake Rd.
(209) 228-2273
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Health education
  • Laboratory testing
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 81 responses

  • 21% None
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Drugs
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Gang violence
  • 5% Violence among students
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 51 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 80 responses

  • 28% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 97 responses

  • 46% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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