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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The university is very informative and provides updates about crimes within 24 hours of it being reported. It also provides services to those involved and requires incoming freshmen to educate themselves or attend campus events regarding sexual assault, drinking, and cultural appropriation.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Im healthy, the lack of air conditioning is bad for my asthma though.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is a huge problem on campus that is not handled very well at all.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've always felt safe. There is a lot of campus security and even when I'm out alone late at night I see them going around. I don't think there is much campus crime, I know that there is some theft from time to time but the problem is people being too relaxed and leaving their house unlocked and stuff. I always lock up everything.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I would never walk alone at night without a group

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Location plays a large role in how students perceive safety at UW. Certain areas are a little less safe than others are, and students try to steer away from these. In general, students feel safe walking around campus, State Street, and near the dorms. Madison police along with Campus Police further ensure the safety by patrolling the campus and its surrounding areas. Furthermore, the more extreme crimes and incidents seem to take place farther from campus, and don't usually involve students.

Madison in general is a pretty safe city. Statistically, most criminal offenses fall into the larceny and theft category. Furthermore, the city generally falls under the national numbers for crime rates. Even so, common sense must be used when it comes to safety and security issues. UW offers numerous safety programs to assist individuals in certain situations. For example, students can call a free cab service to safely bring them home, or request an escort to walk them to their cars at night. The campus also has lit pathways throughout campus and emergency phones near the academic buildings.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 56
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 11
Security Office
University Police Department
1429 Monroe St.
Safety Services
  • Drug recognition experts
  • Outreach Officer Program
  • Safe Bus - free on-campus night bus
  • Safe Ride- free night cab service
  • Safewalk-student escort service
  • Specialized units, such as detectives, bike patrol, mounted police unit
Health Center
University Health Services
333 East Campus Mall
(608) 265-5600
Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Dermatology
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary care clinic
  • Psychiatric services
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
College freshmen living in dorms are nearly four times as likely as other undergrads to contract bacterial meningitis, a potentially fatal disease which causes inflammation of the linings of the brain and spinal cord. If you plan on staying in the residence halls as a first-year student, the FDA and University Health Services highly recommend that you first receive the meningococcal vaccine Menactra. Visit this page on the UHS Web site for more info:

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 142 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 5% None
  • 5% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 111 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 141 responses

  • 13% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 60% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 4% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 186 responses

  • 24% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 55% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 20% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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