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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sometimes I get crime alert mail things in my e-mail but generally there are so many people around and they make it so easy to feel safe and if you need someone to walk with theres a service

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: More lighted areas for walking at night!

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus feels safe and secure generally. There is an escort service for you if you are alone late at night and police patrols as well.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are many things put into place to make students safe and comfortable on campus. We have our own police force specific to the University. We have something called Gopher Chauffer where you can be picked up at night if you feel uncomfortable walking. There is another system where someone will come walk with you so you don't have to be alone.

However, it is still a big Metropolitan area and people need to be careful. There have been muggings, shootings, and other dangerous things that have happened near campus. It is wise to not be alone at night and to carry personal safety things like pepper spray to make you feel more protected. That being said, the University has a great system in place where students are always notified about things that happen like muggings.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe walking around campus on my own, but I know many people who don't feel the same. Campus crime has been getting worse it seems like over the past few years. Theft is quite common in certain areas on campus.


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The security at the University of Minnesota campus is remarkable. The University police are always driving, walking, or biking around campus—monitoring and looking for any suspicious activity or behavior. There are emergency phones located in many places to be used by students if they feel unsafe or are in any need of assistance. Students are highly advised to travel in packs, especially late at night. Otherwise, they should use the (612) 624-WALK to have an escort walk them to their destination.

The U of M takes its students safety very seriously. After some unfortunate incidents of assaults during Greek parties, security has been tightened up and consequences have been taken against those involved. Thus, this is a testimony that student safety comes first at U of M. Besides that, the campus and environment is secure, and the presence of authorities is substantial, but it is integrated in the surroundings. There are cops to do their jobs well to ensure that all the students are safe, but they do not interfere with students' lives. Students feel safe, for the most part. When any thefts or assaults do happen, the police emails all students to warn them of such activities. While the University does its job to provide campus security, students must always be attentive to their surroundings at all times.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 186
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 11
  • Vehicle Theft: 8
Security Office
The Department of Public Safety
Transportation and Safety Building, Room 100
(612) 624-3454 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Emergency phones
  • Security monitors
  • Shuttle
  • Walking escort
Health Center
Boynton Health Service - East Bank Clinic
410 Church St. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 625-3222
Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Health Center
Boynton Health Service - St. Paul Clinic
109 Coffey Hall, St. Paul
(612) 624-7700 appointments
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Dental services
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Optical services
  • STD screening
  • Women's health services
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • The University has its own Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), which makes going to Boynton Student Health Service cheaper than using some parents' insurance plans.
  • University of Minnesota offers its own dental clinic.
  • The University has its own police and safety department, fire station, and hospital and clinic.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 213 responses

  • 20% Criminal activity near campus
  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% None
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 143 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 212 responses

  • 12% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 14% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 269 responses

  • 17% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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