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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe in Athens.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Ohio University is a big campus, yes; but I don't feel unsafe in it. The only thing that scares me is walking alone in the dark but that scares me anywhere, really. OU even has a required class that every first-year student must take regarding alcohol abuse and sexual assault, they do not take either of these topics lightly.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safety can always be improved.

College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't really know how to rate this one, solely because how do you rate it when you've never experienced it first hand? I know that when you enroll in the university, you are required to take a 6 hour course on sexual assault/alcohol and that there are many support groups on campus.

College Junior

Health & Safety: Ohio University is safe, and we are healthy. We didn't get any cases of the mumps... #NoShade


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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
Management information systems/Marketing
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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 94 responses

  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 15% None
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Drugs
  • 7% 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% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 8 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 93 responses

  • 9% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 37% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 93 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 60% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 94 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 15% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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