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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe walking on campus, but at night I usually walk with groups

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Not a very safe city. More safety precautions could be taken in order to make students feel more secure such as reducing late night classes and keeping security posted around the campus and near large off campus student housing

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: University of Kentucky's campus is rated #5 on the top safest college campuses. There are big blue polls everywhere with a big blue button on them. In an emergency, you press the button and a UK police officer will be there in 60 seconds or less. There are however a lot of homeless people walking around downtown Lexington, but they post no threat.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, but it seems as if in the last couple of years we have had a lot of shootings in close proximity to campus, which sometimes makes me nervous.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking alone day or night.


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The Kentucky campus has been featured in several recent crime reports, especially crimes against women. However, drastic measures have been instilled to ensure student safety: a large number of officers patrol on bike, foot, and car, and safety buttons have been installed all over campus; just pressing them guarantees a quick response. Unfortunately, services like Catwalk have been handed over from organization to organization in a bidding war, leaving the service under-funded and all but abandoned. The best way to stay safe on campus is to store the campus police phone number in your cell phone and always travel with other students if you have to walk on campus at night. There really is safety in numbers! With a good measure of common sense, students should be safe on campus. Cellular phones are available for checkout at the William T. Young Library to make sure students have some way of being heard. What a great safety measure!

Student Health Services are effective, as well. Being away from home during a sick time is always unsettling but Health Services finds a way to set-up appointments and get students feeling better as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 22
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 8
  • Vehicle Theft: 20
Security Office
University of Kentucky Police Department
911 (emergencies) (859) 257-1616
Safety Services
  • Adopt-A-COPP
  • Background checks
  • Bike registration
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Event Security
  • Fingerprinting Services
  • Lost and found
  • Self-defense course
  • Sex offender registry
Health Center
University Health Service
830 South Limestone
(859) 323-5823 (University Health Service information) (859) 323-2778 (medical appointments) (859) 323-5511 (mental health appointments) (859) 323-4636 (information nurse phone) (859) 323-6451 (student pharmacy)
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Health Services
  • After-Hours Care
  • Allergy injections
  • Birth Control
  • Gynecological services
  • Hepatitis B vaccinations
  • Meningitis Vaccine
  • Mental Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Testing
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • UK Health Services provides eating disorder information, sleeping disorder tests, and suggestions for remedy.
  • UK students can check the UHS info line for information and updates, as well as view incident reports online.
  • A UK fraternity started the Catwalk escort program for anyone that didn't feel safe walking across the vast campus alone. The escorts are often referred to as "SafeCats!"

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 164 responses

  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% None
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 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 164 responses

  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 49% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% 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 219 responses

  • 26% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 28% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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