Health & Safety

Ithaca, NY
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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. There are always campus police cars driving by and security walking around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think the police presence on campus is great and they respond very quickly to any problems at hand and handle them very well. I feel safe at this school.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There's always support and safety almost everywhere on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety are always around and are looking out for students. the only complaint I have is that students are discouraged from calling 911 in a medical emergency but are to instead call public safety and have they look at what has happened and they will call 911 but by then it might be too late.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police are always around and they always let the students know if certain incidents took place on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 31st
    Safest Campuses
  • 447th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 699th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jennifer Segal
Newton ,MA
Communication Management
Grad Year
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When looking out over the campus landscape, blue-light emergency phones are scattered all around, and most students say they have never felt unsafe. While the Ithaca area is relatively safe, the Public Safety officers work hard to keep the campus secure. To keep everyone informed of the incidents, the college newspaper, the Ithacan, runs a weekly log that includes what officers responded to in the last week. Additionally, the school's electronic update system sends out an update if there is an incident on campus. If someone doesn’t feel comfortable walking around at night, the Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol (SASP) assists students getting around. The dorms are locked after 9 p.m., and residents need a key to get in.

Like the college town area, IC has a very low crime rate, and Public Safety takes every precaution to keep it that way. Once a student calls with a problem, the officers are very responsive, and they don’t take any issue lightly. The only real problems are incidents of car vandalism or larceny. Students still need to use common sense. Valuables such as money, jewelry, or laptops should always be safeguarded. While some looking to have parties on campus feel that Public Safety and SASP are just there to ruin weekend fun, the officers’ goals are to protect both students and the campus community. The dedicated staff tries to protect students from being victims or from taking part in reckless behavior. All in all, people generally feel very safe at IC.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 10
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
Office of Public Safety
Off of Coddington Road
911 (emergencies) or (607) 274-3333 (nonemergencies)
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency telephones
  • Escort service
  • Lost and found
  • Motorist assistance
  • Patrol officers
  • Self-defense education
  • Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol (SASP)
Health Center
Hammond Health Center
Next to the Campus Center (Egbert Hall), across from Williams Hall
(607) 274-3177
Monday-Friday 8 a.m-4 p.m.; urgent care is available 24 hours a day.
Health Services
  • Basic health care
  • Counseling center
  • Infirmary
  • Laboratory services
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Radiology services
  • Smoking cessation
  • Travel medicine clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
There are more than 70 blue-light phones on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 65 responses

  • 30% None
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Drugs
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Walking alone
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Non-students on campus

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 65 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 46% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 28% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 37% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 60% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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