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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a pretty decent health and safety program, all students must go through a form of "orientation" prior to actually beginning classes that informs everyone on the reality of very common problems in this area.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very concerned with the well being of there students

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Usually there's not a problem. At night, it can be a little dangerous, but other than the occasional drunk, it's fine.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I've never felt personally threatened on campus, but there have been police reports of violence from time to time. The local newspaper reported that incidence of rape on campus increases by 75% during football season.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus safety and security is honestly fine. I don't feel unsafe. Just be careful at night if you plan on wandering around/taking a walk. There are some places where the streetlights don't work.


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Overall, UGA students feel safe on campus about 99 percent of the time. Walking home from downtown can potentially be dangerous, especially if you are alone-some people have been mugged and even raped doing so. Students should always travel in groups. The downtown cops are mainly there to bust underage drinkers, and they are usually out in droves, so trying to run from them doesn't always work. There are campus police everywhere you look, as well as Athens-Clarke County cops. There are call-boxes all over the place, too. The streets and parking lots are well lit, but some of the parking structures are in shady areas that are not the greatest places to be at night. Security at major events has increased year after year since 9/11, so fans can expect their purses and cargo pant pockets to be searched at the entrance to every football game and at most other sporting events. There are also cops at the gate who run metal-detector tests on random or suspicious fans. There are plenty of security officials and cops around on game days, so incidents are kept to a minimum. Also, on game days, cops are pretty lax on enforcing drinking laws, allowing open containers and drunk minors to slide by unbothered.

In terms of health services, the University Health Center is usually a little crowded, but there are good doctors available, and the pharmacy is located in the same building. There are also alcohol awareness classes at the Health Center for those unlucky students who were caught drinking underage in the dorms.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 45
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 6
Security Office
UGA Police Department
286 Oconee St., Suite 100
(706) 542-2200 (emergencies); (706) 542-5813 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort services
  • Hand-scanning identification system in dorms
  • Operation Identification
  • Self-defense classes
  • UGA Alert
  • Watchdawgs
Health Center
University Health Center
55 Carlton St.
(706) 542-1162
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Dental clinic
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency contraception
  • Health promotion
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Laboratory
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutrition classes
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiology
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic
  • Urgent care
  • Vision clinic
  • Women's clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • There are 25 call-boxes sprinkled throughout the UGA campus.
  • All UGA police officers are college educated and many attend graduate programs.
  • The Patrol Division is organized into three patrol shifts, which operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Each patrol shift is assigned one lieutenant, one sergeant, two corporals, and numerous patrol officers to effectively safeguard the University community and the surrounding area.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 226 responses

  • 14% Walking alone
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% None
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 176 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 226 responses

  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 304 responses

  • 30% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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