Health & Safety

Location
Ithaca, NY
Undergrads
14,245
Tuition
$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You will feel safe if you go to Cornell.

As far as sexual assualt goes, I think there is less assualt here than at other schools, but that it is more reported and discussed. Our student body is very vocal, and cases are handled seriously.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. You don't really see the police but we have a blue light system and we get emails from them with safety tips and reported crimes. Not many crimes were reported. I feel the least safe at big parties with lots of people under the influence.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I don't think I've ever really felt unsafe on campus, even walking back to my dorm late at night and alone. There are only a handful of crimes that we get notified about each year, but nothing has ever really made me terribly uncomfortable. The police chief sends out weekly emails. There are special shuttle services late at night and especially during exam weeks. And there's a program where you can call anytime and someone will come meet you and escort you wherever you're going. Blue light services seem pretty abundant and the police have a pretty good presence on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Overall it is pretty safe. The assaults that have been reported happen around 3 a.m. You should not be out and about alone during that time, duh.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We need to do a lot more to solve issues regarding assault.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 366th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 416th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1068th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hometown
Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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Most students agree that Cornell is a very safe campus, since it’s had only a few seriously consequential incidents in the past. In recent years, bias-related incidents against minority students have risen slightly, but such events are the exception, not the rule. Sexual assault is not widely reported, although whether this is due to infrequency or simply a lack of reporting is unclear, as many students concur that the campus feels slightly less welcoming for women than for men.

The occasional robbery or mugging does occur in Collegetown or Ithaca, but rarely on Cornell’s campus. In general, Ithaca is a very safe area, perhaps due to its small size. Some students think that the campus is safer there than at other schools. This is most likely due to the fact that the campus is somewhat isolated, and Cornell has an alert and diligent police force, with a variety of services available to ensure student safety.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 29
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Cornell University Police
G2 Barton Hall
(607) 255-1111
www.cupolice.cornell.edu
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Campus shuttles
  • Crime prevention services
  • CU police force
  • Escort service
  • Fingerprinting services
  • Lost and stolen property reporting
  • Patroling the University around the clock
  • Self-defense PE courses
  • Van call service
Health Center
Gannett Health Center
110 Ho Plaza
(607) 255-5155
www.gannett.cornell.edu
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol, other drug, and tobacco-cessation services
  • Allergy shots and immunizations
  • Cornell Healthy Eating Program (CHEP)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • General medical services
  • Health-promotion services
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Laboratory and radiology services
  • Occupational health
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy and massage therapy
  • Sexual-health services (including yearly GYN exam)
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic (advice, immunizations, supplies)
  • X-Ray (radiology)
Day Care Services?
No

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 78 responses

  • 16% Walking alone
  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 15% None
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 5 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 77 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 43% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 78 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 78 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 12% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 55% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 33% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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