Health & Safety

Norfolk, VA
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$22,230 ($8,190)
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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: My school is constantly on the news for violence.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: police only noticeable on weekends

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of off campus crime nearby

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had a problem. I just stay aware of my

surroundings. And always walk with other people or take a safe ride.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: When I walk around campus, I feel safe.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 87th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 114th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1376th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bryoney Hayes
The East Coast!
English with a Journalism concentration
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At the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, there were a rash of muggings and violent crimes on Killam Street, and from time to time you still hear about someone getting robbed. Only one of these was a break-in, however, and though it is scary, that sort of thing is fairly uncommon. Muggings sometimes happen, but they generally happen late at night to students who are walking alone or are unaware of their surroundings. Though these things are always going to be uncontrollable to a degree, simple safety tips like walking in groups and being aware of their surroundings (i.e. not walking around loud and drunk) can really help in terms of insuring your safety.

Since then, however, ODU and Norfolk Police have been really proactive in protecting the campus, and the acting president holds periodic meetings to discuss and devise safety strategies with the campus community. Students who leave their GPS sitting out on their dashboard might come back to a broken window and no GPS, but at the same time, Nofolk is a city, and in any city setting it might be a good idea to just go ahead and throw the GPS in your glove compartment. Things like bikes and laptops are the most common things that come up missing, according to the ODU police department, but there are programs in place to at least track and identify your stuff if the crime can’t always be prevented. Again, though, if there are computer labs on campus, maybe it’s not such a good idea to walk around at night carrying a $1400 piece of equipment. And always remember to chain up your bicycle. Common sense can really go a long way toward protecting yourself and your property.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 30
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 5
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 7
Security Office
Old Dominion University Police Department
4516 Monarch Way
(757) 683-4000 (emergencies) (757) 683-4003 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Campus call-boxes
  • Crime Alerts
  • Emergency phones
  • Safety Lectures and Seminars
  • Shuttle/escort service
Health Center
Student Health Services
1007 Webb Center
(757) 683-3132
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and substance abuse prevention programs
  • Allergy and flu shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Emergency contraception
  • Family planning classes
  • Gynecology clinic
  • HIV/AIDS prevention courses
  • On-site laboratory
  • Stress management
  • Vaccines
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Studies have shown that the cleaner the city, the less susceptible it is to crime. Norfolk has followed up accordingly, instating several city clean-up projects. Many of them are on Old Dominion's main campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 129 responses

  • 21% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% None
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 128 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 11% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 27% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 48% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 129 responses

  • 5% We have campus police?
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 22% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 45% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 129 responses

  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 44% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 39% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 13% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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