Health & Safety

Mount Vernon, IA
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They suck and just want to get you in trouble

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: St. Lukes visits the student health center once a month on wednesday in conjunction with planned parenthood. Appointments are easy to come by and can be made online. I've never felt anything but safe.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at Cornell. The school is very small; walking across campus takes probably 5 to 10 minutes, but the entire time you're in earshot and viewing distance of the campus safety patrol officers who are constantly around campus.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The health center is okay. They do cute stuff. They have a newsletter that they put out every month called the toilet paper, and they try to write about health topics that are relevant during that time of year.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This is a very small town with a low crime rate. There have been very few crimes on campus- most people even feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked when they are gone. All buildings are locked at 11, and campus security does rounds to make sure things are okay. They are also never more than a few minutes away and will give you a ride if you are feeling unsafe.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 108th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 779th
    Safest Campuses
  • 969th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin McNeill
Foristell, MO
Sociology/Anthropology, English
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Safety isn’t something most students question at Cornell. Located in a town of about 3,000, the small-town sense of security spills over onto campus. Many students leave their dorm rooms unlocked—despite encouragement from Residence Life and Campus Safety to do otherwise. There are occasional thefts and several cars get broken into each year, but students walking across campus in the dead of night still feel perfectly safe. The general consensus among students is that it’s a good thing Mount Vernon is such a safe community because they wouldn’t trust the Campus Safety officers if they were ever in any real danger.

Cornell’s Student Health Services is staffed by two registered nurses who can provide basic medical care. They also have a great working relationship with the two clinics in town and can usually get a student an appointment for the same day if she/he needs care beyond what the nurses can provide. Cornell also serves as a satellite clinic for St. Luke’s Family Planning, which provides women’s health services and birth control on bi-monthly visits to campus. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Appointments are on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Safety Office
Ebersole Center, lower level
On campus: 4299; Off campus: (319) 895-4299
Safety Services
  • Emergency phones
  • R.A.D. classes
  • Ram-Alert text messaging system
  • Safety Escort
  • Vehicle registration
Health Center
Student Health Services
Ebersole Memorial Health Center
(319) 895-4292
Monday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Counseling
  • Laboratory Services (strep test, mono test, pregnancy test)
  • Medications (cough syrups, pain relievers, throat lozenges)
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 23 responses

  • 24% None
  • 20% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 30% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 43% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 17% Not very visible.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 43% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 48% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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