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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus safety is there when you call, but their presence is usually not overbearing. An encounter with them can be pleasant or unpleasant depending on which person you get when you call and/or which person they send to assist you.

There have been several bias-related incidents on campus. There have also been many incidents of sexual assault/harassment on campus. Neither of these have been dealt with well by the administration or campus safety. If caught, the culprit usually receives a light punishment. For sexual assault, the most likely resource would be the feminist group on campus, Third Wave Resource Group, which provides a safe space for victims. But there aren't very many other safe spaces on campus, and the student body is not very sympathetic to victims either.

Most students feel safe walking around campus at night. However, even after incidents, there have not been very many steps taken to up the security. There are very few surveillance cameras on campus, and lamppost lights don't always work.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: I hear that the nurses are a joke and assume pregnancy for every female that walks into the door. Cornell has a great student organization called TWRG that addresses sexual assaults but I don't see the school take action for any reports. Over all, the student body doesn't think that sexual assaults on campus. Everytime the "Clothesline Project" is up, the school reacts with surprise.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: It's a small town in Iowa, so the students are by far the greatest health and safety risk in the area. Drunk people are about as risky as Mount Vernon gets.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't heard of any crazy crimes happening on campus, just small stuff that the dean sends emails out to put an end to it. The security people drive around campus a lot, especially at night, to check up on people. And if you ever feel unsafe about walking anywhere they are always willing to come pick you up and drop you off at your dorm.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think that our campus safety service is effective and helpful in creating a safe environment on campus, but I sometimes feel as if they are less involved than they should be. However, I have never once felt unsafe or scared while on campus and have not experienced anything that requires more security presence.


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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 26 responses

  • 23% None
  • 19% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Drugs
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 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 26 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 19% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 42% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 15% Not very visible.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 42% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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