When it comes to safety on campus, opinions vary from student to student.

Nate Crilly, sophomore in food science and technology, said he has never felt unsafe on campus but attributes that to his personal habits as opposed to safety precautions.

"When I'm out after ten o'clock I always travel in groups, (and) I make sure to never be in the Fort after dark," he said.

Crilly, who lives in the Apartment Residence Hall and was present the night of the accidental shooting, says the incident did not affect how safe he feels on campus and in his apartment. Crilly also said he was disappointed with the lack of communication between UTPD and the student body.

"Admittedly, I would have wanted to hear about it when (the shooting) was happening and not two days afterwards. But it doesn't make me feel less safe. It makes me feel less confident in UTPD," Crilly said.

Katherine Cahill, junior in English, said that she does not feel safe walking around campus at night. She attributes much of her discomfort to a lack of service from T-Link's bus line. Though she does not like walking alone, she feels that she is left with no other options.

"I don't feel safe at all walking around campus at night given the amount of attacks we've had. But I often don't feel like I have any other options because the T-Link won't pick me up where I am," Cahill said.

Cahill, like Crilly, also believes that the university does not do a good job communicating incidents to the student body. Terry Nowell, senior in biochemistry and molecular biology and psychology and vice president of the Student Government Association, feels safe on campus but attributes that to his physical presence.

"I do (feel safe on campus), however ... I'm also a man, I'm also a tall guy, so I think I have a lot more reason to feel safe than a lot of students would on campus," said Nowell.

Some students find that the more detailed safety notices sent the day after an incident are better than the UT Text Alerts.

"I always read (UT Alerts), but I pay more attention to the emails," Morgan Beaty, junior in food science and technology, said. "But that's because I have a smart phone so I can ignore the text message and just read the whole email."

Laura Galloway, junior in business, agreed with Beaty.

"I actually do not receive the text alerts. I do receive the email alerts," Galloway said.

She said she mainly pays attention to the location in which the incident occurred. She also feels that the alerts would carry less meaning if there were more of them.

UTPD uses its discretion as to whether an incident deserves a text alert. Sergeant Donnie Ross, a community relations officer for UTPD, explained how campus is overall a safe environment.

"I feel it's very safe. I think the university does a very good job of updating areas that are of concern," said Ross. "If there is a lighting issue or a potential overgrowth issue, as soon as it's made, especially in light of what's gone on at some campuses around with potential attacks, I think our campus does a very good job of taking care of the issue as soon as possible."

Campus officials vary in their opinions of what is and isn't worthy of a text alert. According to the Cleary Act, the university is obligated to notify the campus community of an ongoing or serious threat to student safety.

Taelor Olive, junior in biochemistry and molecular biology, serves as the Student Services Director for SGA and practices safe habits.

"As far as the UT alert system goes, I think it should only be used in situations where students are at risk," said Nowell.

"If (students) become oversaturated, they're not going to be paying attention to the important things that affect them," said Olive. "I do feel like with the text messages if it's something immediate, students need to be aware. ..."

The majority of crimes that occur in UTPD's district are theft.

"My biggest concern is petty crime and theft," said Nowell. "In all reality, it's not something I'm constantly concerned with because I don't bring my laptop to campus everyday."

While UTPD has received some criticism from students, they are making steps to encourage campus safety. UTPD offers classes in Rape Aggression Defense, giving students the opportunity to register their valuables with UTPD for tracking if they are stolen.

"I think UTPD is making some steps in the right direction," said Cahill. "They do a great job making a solid presence on campus. When I see a cop, I feel safer."