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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus during the day but we are advised to walk in groups whenever possible especially at night. The police call buttons are in good places and we are emailed whenever their a assault or whenever they are looking for someone that commit a crime and was not caught.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: West campus is not a safe place to walk alone. UT is a huge party school and if you have been drinking your likelihood of being a victim of sexual assault increases greatly. I know several people that this has happened to. Campus support is available to students however at such a large university few victims feel that their claims will be taken seriously and anything will actually be done.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: University Health Services is great, low-cost, and easily accessible.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UT has a lot of resources for staying safe on campus, including a whole bunch of safety preparation at Orientation. Most of yours peers will look after you too, so just don't do anything stupid.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: UT can make safety on campus more of a priority by adding more blue help boxes around campus and a lot more lighting. I think it would be a great idea to have campus police patrolling at all hours of the night since a lot of students walk home late from the library.

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Overall, students feel safe on campus. The UT campus is well lit, there are generally at least some people on campus at all times, and programs such as SURE Walk (which offers a walk late at night home from the libraries on campus), and UTPD Escort Service, both contribute to better feelings of security to students. There are few guys who don't feel safe walking on campus alone, and many girls feel safe walking alone, as well. However, it is a good policy to walk with others rather than alone. Campus police are usually seen on campus, and there are blue-light phones that will notify police of your location on campus if there is ever an emergency. While most girls feel safe walking on the actual campus alone at night, the areas surrounding campus are a different story. In the West Campus area there are definitely dangers. There have been various “West Campus Rapists.” Walking alone in West Campus at night is unsafe behavior. However, if you take general precautions, Austin and the campus area are safe.

Just be smart and don’t take unnecessary risks. Austin is not a high crime city—it's not like living in inner-city Houston, Los Angeles, or New York. Austin is a much quieter town crime-wise, but that's not to say things don’t happen. But, for the most part, if you are aware of your surroundings, and especially if you are on campus, safety and security are a non-issue.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 37
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 10
Security Office
UT Police Department
2201 Robert Dedman Dr.
(512) 471-4441
www.utexas.edu/police
Safety Services
  • Alcohol awareness programs
  • Bicycle registration
  • Community Oriented Policing (COP) Program
  • Defensive Driving Classes
  • Emergency call boxes (120+)
  • Fingerprinting
  • K-9 Unit
  • Lost and found
  • Personal safety programs
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
Health Center
University Health Services
100 W. Dean Keaton St.
(512) 471-4955 (appointments), (512) 475-NURSE (24-hour nurse advice)
healthyhorns.utexas.edu
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and drug counseling
  • Birth control
  • Classes and workshops
  • General medical care
  • Immunizations and allergy shots
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Sports medicine
  • Urgent care
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
You can become a Sexual Health Peer Advisor or an Alcohol and Drug Education Peer Advisor at the University Health Services and receive class credit, as well as volunteer your time and learn valuable information.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 226 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 8% None
  • 6% Drugs
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% 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 70 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 224 responses

  • 62% High quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 15% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 225 responses

  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 61% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 225 responses

  • 28% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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