Health & Safety

Location
Elon, NC
Undergrads
5,209
Tuition
$28,980
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Elon is a safe campus

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The location of the health center sucks, but I have never felt unsafe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center is so far away from the dorms. The last thing a sick student want to do is walk across campus. Campus Safety on the other hand is on point. I never fell like I am in danger. I run everyday by myself and never feel like i am at risk

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe walking around campus, however the campus safety call boxes aren't as easy to find as they are made out to be, and are not in centralized walking areas.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If there is one thing that I love about Elon, it's that I feel extremely safe while walking across campus, regardless of the time of day. The blue-light system in place, as well as a heavy security presence makes me feel very safe and secure. Student health services are very helpful, but are located about half a mile away from campus - when you are sick, that extra hike can really make you feel terrible. So it's not very convenient.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 331st
    Safest Campuses
  • 657th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1174th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Flood
Hometown
Ridgefield, CT
Major
Business Administration (Minor: Leadership)
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It’s important to feel safe wherever you’re going to school, and environment plays a big role in this. Elon is located in a smaller area, so it’s naturally going to be more secure than some city schools. However, the university still makes the safety of its students a priority. Elon has many programs that acquaint students with the security services offered on campus and what to do in a dangerous situation. With safe rides, blue lights, and escort services, students should feel pretty safe. Even in this cozy atmosphere, however, something bad can still happen, so students are constantly reminded to be safe rather than sorry. At the beginning of the year, a presentation called “Let’s Get It On” is shown to all incoming students. This show, presented by Residence Life and Student Government Association, explains how to avoid sticky situations and what to do in case something has happened already. Security is something that Elon students are well acquainted with.

The blue-light system could use some improvement. In the big area between Koury Athletic Center, Belk Library, and Moseley Center, there are very few streetlights and no blue lights at all. The implementation of security cameras has helped the situation, though, especially in the dimly lit parking lots. There have been a few incidents in the past few years of break-ins, theft, and burglaries, but Elon does a good job of communicating this information to its students via the infamous “Smith Jackson e-mails.” Elon campus security works closely with Elon town police to thoroughly investigate cases, when needed. Despite the few negative incidents, however, Elon is one of the safest campuses around.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 25
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Safety & Police Department
216 N. Williamson Ave.
911 (emergencies); (336) 278-5555 (escort service)
www.elon.edu/e-web/bft/safety/police.xhtml
Safety Services
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Bicycle registration
  • Blue emergency phones
  • Engraving of valuables
  • Escort service
  • Fire safety programs
  • Personal security programs
  • Rape awareness programs
  • Self defense programs
  • Theft awareness programs
  • Van driver training
Health Center
R.N. Ellington Health Center
(336) 278-7230
www.elon.edu/e-web/students/health_services
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy vaccine administration
  • Birth control
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Flu vaccines
  • Gynecology clinic
  • Immunizations
  • Referrals to off-campus dentists/doctors
  • STD screening and treatment
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
  • Elon offers a volunteer service called Safe Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. These volunteers answer phone calls from Elon students who are at parties or bars and bring them safely back to the University. There is no charge to the students, and it is completely confidential. The program was created to ensure that no student gets in a car with a drunk driver or gets behind the wheel after drinking.
  • According to statistics from Campus Security from the years 2000-2002, there were no robberies reported, only four motor vehicle thefts, and only one aggravated assault.
  • The Elon Pendulum, the school's newspaper, reports all students who are either arrested or given a referral, along with what crime they committed. If a student breaks the law, they have to bear the shame of the whole campus knowing.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 41 responses

  • 19% None
  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Theft/robberies
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 25% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 52% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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