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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have come to dislike the student health center as I believe they just recommend prescriptions/ medicines that aren't really necessary but we have to pay for anyways and because every time I have gone the doctors have not been able to tell me what I have but seem to be guessing.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lots of people here to help you.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't had any problems.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Personally I feel safe, but because of some stories I've heard of people getting out of hand at parties because of alcohol, I can understand why not everyone feels totally safe at Miami. However, there is a good police system, and on-campus, I always feel safe.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In the beginning of the year, students needed to take an AlcoholEdu and Haven course that gave us information on why and how to remain safe and healthy especially when it came to drugs and sexual assault.


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The majority of students on campus feel safe walking around at night, and there are tons of cops and security guards, as well as emergency phones in case there is ever a problem. Even though Miami can certainly be a dangerous city at times, UM is located in Coral Gables, which is a fairly nice neighborhood. Still, this doesn’t hide the fact that several incidences have occurred on campus in recent years. The crimes that were committed, which included burglary and sexual assault, were recognized because of UM’s policy of e-mailing the entire student body whenever a serious crime occurs on campus. This is a practice that is not in effect at most of the country’s universities. It makes students aware of problems that may exist, though the amount of students outside late at night rarely changes after these alerts.

Although UM officials are very concerned with crime on campus and they heavily investigate any threats, it’s important for students to know that crime is, at times, an issue. The Department of Public Safety should be commended for its honesty about what’s happening around campus. The department’s truthfulness in these matters makes students feel more comfortable walking around at night. No matter how many police officers the school hires there will always be a risk. The most important thing is that an overwhelming majority of students feel safe on campus and that there is very little threat of extremely serious crimes.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 39
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 6
Security Office
University of Miami Police Department
5665 Ponce de Leon Blvd., #10
(305) 284-6666
Safety Services
  • Abandoned bicycle confiscation
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Anti-theft program
  • Bicycle lock and registration program
  • Bicycle safety program
  • Blue-light phone system
  • Canes Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Canes Resource Officer program
  • Closed Door -- Open Floor Q&A sessions
  • Commuter Watch program
  • Crime Alert program/Emergency Notification Network
  • Crime mapping
  • Crime stoppers
  • Crocodile safety program
  • Custom hands-on programs
  • Good Behavior reward card program
  • Hostile intruder preparedness program
  • Identity theft awareness and prevention program
  • Laptop larceny program
  • Library alert program
  • Operation ID
  • Pedestrian safety campaign
  • Personal safety program
  • Promotional safety items
  • RAD program
  • Safe date program
  • SAFE program
  • Safety escort services
  • Sexual assault response team
  • Stalking/onilne community safety program
  • Student crime watch
  • Student orientation program
  • Traffic school
  • Victim advocacy
  • Video program
Health Center
Student Health Center
5513 Merrick Drive
(305) 284-9100
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Immunizations
  • Lab work
  • On-site Pharmaceuticals
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Primary care
  • Specialty care/referrals
  • STD screenings
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • After 10 p.m., no one is allowed into the residential colleges unless they are a resident or are signed in by a resident.
  • There are over 70 emergency phones located throughout campus. The phones are easy to spot because of their blue lights. They dial directly to the Department of Public Safety.
  • The Student Health Center administers flu shots and common immunizations at various times through the year. They'll even come to you, as part of a program that gives flu shots outside all of the dorms at the beginning of flu season every year.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 120 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 11% None
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Drugs
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 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 37 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 117 responses

  • 56% High quality, very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 6% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 23% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 120 responses

  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 59% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 9% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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