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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus or downtown, but you need to be smart, especially if drinking. Athens is relatively safe, but it's not a good idea to walk places alone at night. Almost all incidents occur downtown as a result of alcohol and this just speaks to how important it is to be responsible and smart if you chose to drink.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Five people have died so far this semester, which is very frightening. I am unsure of the causes of death for all of the people in question, however I know at least 2 were involved separate drug deals or consuming drugs at the time of death.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a college campus with a vibrant Greek life... use your imagination

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think our administration does a good job of providing services, support, and education about sexual assault and safety. However, with the downtown scene, I believe most students don't worry enough about it or take enough precautions.

We have many organizations to help those downtown, like Designated Dawgs, which take drunk students home for free. We also have many cops downtown, but not a lot on campus.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is really safe.


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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 202 responses

  • 13% Walking alone
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% None
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 73 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 204 responses

  • 57% High quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 202 responses

  • 24% 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 202 responses

  • 29% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% 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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