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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel safe on campus. There have been many times I have walked home from the library late at night and felt safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UGA is very big on safety and keeping all the students safe.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Coming from a student who walked everywhere, and road her bike her entire first semester at the University of Georgia, I felt extremely safe. At night walking back from the library or from Tate Hall to my car or bike, there was always someone else walking as well. The lighting I believe on campus helps with this as well. The places where you would be at night as a student are extremely safe as the campus itself is designed to not have small hidden crevices. The campus is large and spread out with UGA buses driving by at night. It would be hard to be unnoticed on this campus. I believe that has aided in the low campus raping here.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is not a lot of crime on campus and there is always police nearby to keep any crime at bay for the most part.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Taking the Haven course before attending school helped me identify were I could go for help if myself or a friend were victims of sexual assault.

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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 215 responses

  • 13% Walking alone
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% None
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% 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 141 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 215 responses

  • 26% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 55% 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 269 responses

  • 28% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 19% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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