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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: A couple good things about safety on campus includes the "blue/safe light" system for emergencies as well as the email alerts that warn when something has occurred. However, I feel like there are people on campus that would not be supportive to anyone that has been attacked in a dorm, perhaps thinking that the person must have "brought it on themselves". There is a huge religious presence that condemns certain lifestyles or groups that even more blatantly condemn women or the LGBTQ community which can make them feel unsafe. These are (to my knowledge) non-school affiliated groups come to campus and shout at people. Another good all inclusive thing that happens on campus is sex week, which provides education and information to the college community about all sorts of topics.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Tennessee is on the forefront of reporting sexual assault. Although it may seem like there is a lot of reports, I feel that the school has done a great job of increasing awareness so more reports come in and more help is able to be given which in the long-run help the university figure out how to decrease it and what measures can be taken to prevent it as much as possible.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus, but I've heard of assaults that have happened. I think the security does all they can to help keep everyone safe.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe when walking on campus. You can all officers to escort you if you ever feel uneasy, which is comforting. Additionally, there are emergency blue pillars all along campus in which you can report and emergency and police will immediately respond. I feel as though UTK does as much as they can to keep campus security effective.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: UTK has "emergency beacons" of sorts that contacts UTPD to your location immediately by pressing a button.

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Most students' opinions on safety and security boil down to one thing-using your common sense. Even with all of the services the UTPD offers, none are a replacement for using your head. The UTPD take their jobs very seriously and are always looking out for students' safety. For a school of UT's size, they are very successful, and the majority of students don't walk around with spray-mace key rings tightly in hand.

All of the services mentioned here are at your disposal
and are sure to make you feel safer. Make sure you know the numbers to call if need be, and if you don't already have one, a cell phone may be a good investment (sorry, mom and dad). By programming them into your cell phone on your day of arrival, you may dodge a few uncomfortable moments.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
University of Tennessee Police Department
1101 Cumberland Ave.
(865) 974-3111
web.utk.edu/~utpolice
Safety Services
  • Educational programming
  • Lost and found
  • Rape aggression defense
  • Record request
  • Sex offender registry
  • Vehicle assistance
  • Weapons storage
Health Center
Student Health Service
1818 Andy Holt Ave.
(865) 974-3135
web.utk.edu/~shs
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy Clinic
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Family planning/birth control
  • Health education
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Primary Care
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Specialty clinics in sports medicine, gynecology, surgery, and physical therapy
  • Travel clinic
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
Eight full-time physicians, one full-time psychiatrist, and 13 full-time nurses work at the health center, and all are board certified.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 147 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 4% None
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 82 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 147 responses

  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 174 responses

  • 15% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 55% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 30% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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