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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I am a 19-y-o female who does not feel threatened or scared on campus. I believe you have to take an active role in your safety and do not put yourself in dangerous/scary situations.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: If you stay in a dorm there are health a safety checks and no one can get into your dorm unless they have an id that can let you in. When a crime does occur that is reported they will send out an email informing everyone about it.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus I feel some safety, but I know that some of my female friends don't .Which is a sad world we live in I know that there have been measures to increase the safety of all students, but there doesn't seem to be enough action or I guess intentional help from other students in regarding topics of safety. Some students don't want to learn how to help and have the privilege and ability to "look away" or "turn the channel" on something that doesn't directly involve them or makes them feel uncomfortable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus and the local area are pretty safe. The only concerns would be venturing to the north side of town and for women walking alone. Like any college, be careful and aware of date rape drugs. But Columbia is A LOT less dangerous than St. Louis and Kansas City.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. Everything is really close walking wise.

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The only big worry on campus is the craziness of some drivers, due to the fact that Mizzou is a closed campus for most of the day. Students forget that they can't just step off the sidewalk onto the street as they do throughout the day, so being careful when walking is essential. Mizzou is a relatively safe campus; there are incidents here and there, but they are quickly taken care of by the University of Missouri Police Department (or MUPD for short). Students are alerted by email whenever there is an incident on campus or in the surrounding area. MUPD does a good job keeping students informed and protected. The University also has blue lights set up all around campus. Blue lights are pillars that are connected directly to the police. Students in danger can just press the button, and a police officer will respond in moments and talk the student through the blue light if needed. Some things to always remember: keep a level head, be very aware at parties, and never go out after midnight without a buddy (as silly as that sounds—it helps keep you safe).  

Full-time students at the University are automatically charged for a health center fee. This is a great program for students that are far away from home. The MU Student Health Center is always available; the only thing that students should make sure of is that they make an appointment beforehand. The doctors at the health center are knowledgeable and caring, as is the staff. Besides the physical health aspect, Mizzou also offers a therapeutic element. Students who are stressed out or just need someone to talk to can make an appointment with a therapist.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 6
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 17
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
University of Missouri - Columbia Police Department
901 Virginia Ave.
(573) 882-7201
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Blue-light phones
  • Laptop registration
  • Police bike and foot patrols
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
Health Center
MU Student Health Center
University Physicians Medical Building
(573) 882-7481
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours nurse
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Immunizations
  • Lab work
  • Pharmacy
  • Preventative care
  • Referrals
  • STD tests
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 134 responses

  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 11% None
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 30 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 133 responses

  • 56% High quality, very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 134 responses

  • 10% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 61% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 46% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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