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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe. The campus police are always patrolling and watching out for people so that no one is in danger.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The main security on campus is great. My dorm room was never broken into last year, and the car I have this year has yet to be broken into. I use to take late night campus runs and I guess I was conscious about my surroundings, but i never felt completely unsafe. Going out is a completely different story. I almost always go out with guy friends that I trust because sexual assault is a prominent issue on campus. A girl in my Anthropology class was roofied just last week. I will never go out by myself, and I feel like that's an issue. I shouldn't have too worry as much as I do, and I do wish that would change on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe on campus, there are plenty of blue light centers about so if I ever feel in danger I have a resource to contact the police.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Never heard about to much crime happening on campus but i walk late nights from the library and the recreation feeling totally safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is a big campus so everyone should be aware of their surroundings. KU has many safe programs to make students feel safe on campus.


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Safety and security are high priorities for any college campus, and that’s no different for KU. There is a blue-light emergency phone system students can use if they have an emergency on campus, which helps everyone feel safer walking on campus at night. There are security desks in the entrances of every dorm, and guests must be checked in and out by leaving a drivers liscense at the front desk. Students must use a University ID card to get into the dorms at all times, not just at night. The University also offers services like Safe Ride, which offers students a free ride home, whether they are intoxicated or just afraid of walking home in the dark.

Students generally feel that the KU does a good job ensuring safety on campus, but the University can only do so much—students are responsible for keeping themselves out of bad situations and their belongings safe. The biggest security problem at KU is theft, so it’s important for students to keep tabs on their things, like laptops, wherever they are. It’s easy to feel safe in Lawrence, but locking doors to dorm rooms and off-campus housing is very important. If students are careful, theft and other security problems won’t be a concern.


Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 82
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Public Safety
1501 Crestline Dr.
(785) 864-5900
Safety Services
  • 24-hour response
  • Closed circuit TV cameras
  • Crime alerts
  • Emergency phones
  • Night Watch
  • Personal safety courses
  • Safe Rides
Health Center
Watkins Memorial Health Center
1200 Schwegler Dr.
(785) 864-9500
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Men's health
  • Nurse help line
  • Nutritionists
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic
  • Urgent care
  • Wellness Resource Center
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
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Did You Know?
  • The University offers a program called Jay Walk, where students can ask to have someone walk them home or to their cars.
  • KU has 46 outdoor blue emergency phones and 36 indoor phones.
  • Student fees help pay for campus safety improvements, such as more emergency phones. The fee started back in 1992.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 127 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% None
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Drugs
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 108 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 126 responses

  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 48% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 163 responses

  • 31% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 16% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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