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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Camus itself is pretty safe. As a woman on campus, I have walked alone at night across campus and never felt unsafe.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There needs to be more student agreement and involvement in anti-sexual assault campaigns

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: we have the emergency buttons all around campus in case there is an emergency, and the police will be notified immediately

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: As far as campus crime goes, I have not heard of much. UTK has an alert system in which every student receives a detailed text message and email when crime or sexual assault happens on campus, so students know to stay away for the area, and take the proper precautions. Our campus has emergency calling stations in which students can press a button that immediately alerts campus police. As far as sexual assault goes, compared to what I have heard about the awareness at other campuses, I believe UTK takes it very seriously. They start making students aware at Freshmen orientation. They also have posters posted all throughout campus reminding people that it's not consent until there is a firm "yes" from the other person. Lastly, our campus has what is called "Sex Week", which I believe is a great thing. This week spreads awareness about sexual assault, as well as safe sex. Some people around the community and parents of students believe that this week should not exist, but in my opinion, it is a great event UTK allows because there are many people that are sexually active in college.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is certainly a strong support for victims of assault and a strong initiative to make sure environments are safe. However, some areas of campus can be dangerous after dark.

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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 158 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 4% None
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 106 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 158 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% 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 198 responses

  • 16% 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.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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