Memphis is the 16th largest city in America and The University of Memphis is its urban
University. Our program has been located in the present location for 50 years. Over
that time, we have thankfully never had a safety issue with our students or staff
on site. That hasn’t happened by good fortune; rather it has resulted from concerted
efforts to make our learning environment safe and pleasant. The University of Memphis
ranks as one of the “safest universities “anywhere” in the state of Tennessee. In 2007, the University of Memphis had the lowest overall incident (crime) rate
compared to other schools in the state with enrollments over 5,000 students. It has
the distinction of being rated the safest metropolitan campus in the State of Tennessee.
Our School has attempted to anticipate potential problem areas and we have been proactive
in addressing them. For example, we have formal arrangements with the University
of Tennessee Health Science Center Campus Police and Security Department to routinely
patrol the area around the School. In the evening, we encourage our students to park
in our gated parking lot, behind the building. This area is well lit, and is visible
amongst the other public buildings of the University of Tennessee Center for the Health
Sciences. Students can request escort services to other parking areas or buildings
from UT Security. Entrance into the School may only occur with security fobs, specifically
registered to our enrolled students. Within the School, all entrances, stairwells
and restrooms are always well lit, even on the week-ends. The parking areas are video-monitored
to add another layer of security around the building. First aid and emergency equipment
is readily available to designated personnel to distribute as needed. Additionally,
the University of Memphis offers emergency alert texting services to students.
In addition to our downtown site, we also offer services on our East campus. A police
person is at the door at 5:00 and monitors the building throughout the evening and
early morning. The University of Memphis campus police patrol the campus on a regular
basis and are available to escort students and faculty to their cars.
We want our students, to be challenged by academics and clinical practice—not by issues
concerning their personal safety. We will continue to make efforts to ensure this.