Health & Safety

Athens, OH
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$19,246 ($10,282)
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had a reason to feel unsafe on campus. Things happen uptown, but I don't spend time up there when it is dark. We don't have much campus crime, to my knowledge. I am very aware of all the services that are available to me such as the campus police and the Safe-T Patrol. And dorm security is great; we need keys to get in the building and into individual rooms. I feel very safe everywhere on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I almost always feel safe on campus. I have walked home by myself at night before, while this might not be the safest thing to do, I am always checking my surroundings and have my phone in my hand. There is a police station on campus which makes me feel that if something were to happen, they would be able to get to the scene quickly.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel really safe here even though its a relatively big campus. I always see cops which makes walking around easier.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Ohio University and Athens Police are always patrolling and doing their duty so I feel rather safe walking around campus. The student health center is god always end up coming out if with a different illness than you went in with or they completely misdiagnose you.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The student health center is sub par.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1067th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1135th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1338th
    Best Student Health Center

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Nash Bober
Berlin Heights, Ohio
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When it comes to safety and security, it's hard for many students to imagine a campus that is safer than OU. Though there are occurrences of crime like any other place, everyone agrees that OU is generally a safe campus for men and women. In addition to city police, OU has its own police department, so patrolling officers are a pretty common sight, which can be comforting when you're walking home from a night class. Also, all of the residence halls require either a key or a swiped ID to enter, which is a reassurance that you will sleep safe and sound. And in the female-only dorms, all males must be accompanied by a resident upon entry.

While crimes do happen, from theft to an assault, using common sense is the best advice-don't walk alone at night, avoid drunken confrontations, and lock your doors. Take advantage of the safety services OU has to offer; they're there to keep you safe. With level-headed thinking, adherence to proper precautions, and a willingness to utilize the services provided to them, students are able to enjoy their college years at OU without worry or fear.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 28
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 9
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
OU Police Department
135 Scott Quadrangle
(740) 593-1911 (emergency)
Safety Services
  • Background checks (Ohio & FBI) & fingerprinting
  • Bike patrol
  • Campus Area Law Enforcement Links (CALL) program
  • Crime alerts
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • Rape Agression Defense (RAD)
  • Safe Arrival for Everyone Tonight (SAFE-T) patrol
  • Vehicle assistance
Health Center
Hudson Health Center
(740) 593-1660
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Medical equipment loans
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Physicals
  • Psychiatric care
  • Specialist care
  • STD testing
  • TB testing
  • Urgent care
  • Women's health
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • According to the latest Right to Know Report, there were no reported hate crimes on campus.
  • Hudson Health Center provides a 24-hour Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program that provides assistance to students who are victims of a sexual assault. The S.A.N.E. nurse is specially trained, providing both emotional and physical care.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 88 responses

  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 15% None
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Drugs
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 87 responses

  • 8% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 88 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 16% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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