Health & Safety

Location
Muncie, IN
Undergrads
16,218
Tuition (in-state)
$22,988 ($8,313)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is not a whole lot of crime on campus. When there is, everyone is told to stay where they are so they don't get hurt. There are a few emergency phones on campus and you can always get an escort if you do not feel safe. I have never felt unsafe on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Feel safe on campus and police are visible and available.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health center on campus is very helpful and useful theres rarely anything that happens out of order. I've never seen or heard of any fighting its a very clean and safe campus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are several systems in place to prevent, inhibit, and address assaults on campus. As well as an open counseling center for people to receive help if they are a victim.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 424th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 977th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1251st
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Adrian Sharp
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Generally speaking, students say they feel safe around campus. Although violent crime is rare at Ball State, it's important to remember that the University is like a city. There are 18,000 students around campus at any given time. Although the vast majority of them are law-abiding citizens—relatively speaking—there is that fraction of the populace that is criminal. In recent times, BSU has played host to a series of shootings, some of which made national news, and all of which were related to alcohol in one way or another. In an attempt to end the violence, the University and the city of Muncie have cracked down hard on parties and underage drinking. This has had an effect on Ball State's social scene, which we will discuss in a later chapter.

Most students agreed the dorms are safe, but it's still a good idea to lock your door when you leave, as theft can be a problem. Although it is made up of students, the night desk staff does a good job at stopping undesirables from getting into the dorms. Students coming in to a residence hall at night must have their card swiped by the desk attendant, and all guests must be signed in. Students agree the most important thing people need to do when it comes to safety and security at Ball State is to use common sense. If you know where you are, who you are with, and you aren't being an idiot, you should be fine.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 17
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
University Police
200 N. McKinley Ave.
(765) 285-1111 emergency; (765) 285-1832 non-emergency
cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/Police.aspx
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Car, foot, bike, and K-9 patrols
  • Charlie's Charter escort service
  • Emergency blue-light phones
  • Motorist assist program
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Silent Witness
Health Center
BSU Student Health Center
1500 Neely Ave.
(765) 285-8431
cms.bsu.edu/CampusLife/HealthCenter.aspx
Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical treatment
  • Contraception
  • Immunizations
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physical therapy
  • Physicals
  • STD testing
  • TB testing
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
You can find out what the wait time is for a walk-in appointment at the Health Center before you go! Just visit the Health Center's website at www.bsu.edu/students/healthcenter.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 119 responses

  • 17% Walking alone
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% None
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 6 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 119 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 30% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 21% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 29% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 24% Extremely safe and secure on campus.

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