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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health department is extremely caring for us.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UofL has a variety of health services available to students that are widely advertised.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The only time we hear something bad that is related to a student, it happened off campus and at an event unaffiliated with the school.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Deans keeps students up on crime events taking place.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I'm not sure what to say, since many people keep quiet about sexual assault. There are events like Take Back the Night and new students are told about how to keep safe. But, that's the most I've seen.

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One thing Louisville shares with bigger cities is that it is important to be cautious when out and about. During the day, there are few safety issues, but at night, campus and the surrounding area can be a little dangerous. Security is definitely visible now, but as recently as the beginning of the 2009-10 school year, there were cases of students being held up at gunpoint and robbed in a well-lit area outside of a dorm. U of L students are notified of crimes and safety problems via text and e-mail, but some feel these are sent out too often and become a scare tactic. Overall, it is probably safe to walk around campus during daylight and early evening hours with a group, but walking alone late at night is a bad idea. And you should never really need to—there is a free escort service offered by the Department of Public Safety that drives students anywhere on or within a one-mile radius of campus after dark, which is especially useful at the end of a late night at the library.

Student organizations bring in self-defense and safety speakers a couple of times a year, and it pays to go and learn from them. Carrying keys and pepper spray and staying with a group prevents most safety issues, and many U of L students never have a problem. It will soon become second nature not to walk around alone late at night and to keep your doors locked. Students say they wish the police presence was even more visible, but the campus alert system, specially equipped emergency phones, and blue-light buttons across campus that connect immediately to emergency services help. Although Louisville is not a terribly dangerous city, crime does happen—friends don’t let friends walk alone at night!

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 43
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 4
Security Office
University Police
Floyd Street Parking Garage
(502) 852-6111
louisville.edu/police
Safety Services
  • Crime alerts
  • Crime prevention and self-defense classes
  • Emergency blue-light system
  • Escort services
  • Operation Identification
  • Weapons storage
Health Center
Belknap Health Center
2207 S. Brook St.
(502) 852-6479
louisville.edu/campushealth
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Basic health services
  • Counseling
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Mental health services
  • Pharmacy
  • Physicals
  • STD testing and prevention
  • Travel medicine
  • Urgent medical care
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
All across campus, there are blue-light terminals with a button to press in case of emergency. Pressing the button alerts the University Police and immediately connects to emergency services via phone.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 100 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 68 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 100 responses

  • 10% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 10% Not very visible.
  • 7% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 117 responses

  • 14% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 30% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.

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