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Health & Safety

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school provided many options regarding student's safety issues.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: With recent events that have occured on campus, I think security on campus should be raised, however, I have never personally experienced a situation where I have not felt completely safe on campus and I pray I never do.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UTPD is very present and helpful on campus. There are lots of emergency call buttons located around campus, which I find reassuring, especially at night. There is also a program called SURE Walk, in which students volunteer to walk you home. Also, the university health services is so helpful, and they offer an extensive list of services.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety is the number one priority! Students are taught how important it is to stay safe.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: A girl died on campus this past year, and sexual assaults have increased over the past 5 years. Campus doesn't feel unsafe per se, but they need to take more affirmative action to prevent more cases from happening in the future.

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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 285 responses

  • 14% Walking alone
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 7% None
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 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 202 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 284 responses

  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 64% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 9% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 357 responses

  • 27% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% 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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