Health & Safety

Norman, OK
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$20,343 ($8,706)
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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I pretty much always feel safe on campus. There have been a few girls who have believed they have been given the date rape drug at frat houses, but whether anyone has or not I am unsure of.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They over-do it in the dorms and under-do it on the rest of the campus. Less patrolling of the floors for alcohol and more watching campus when it's dark out would be appreciated.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The biggest involvement you will have with police is when you get caught with alcohol in the dorms or a fraternity house. OU is a dry campus, and it is enforced. However, security is usually more responsive than active. They wont be looking to bust anything unless some strict RA feels the need to call them. There are some complaints about frequent PI charges amongst people making the trip back from the greek houses to the dorms, even when they are not causing a dangerous disturbance, but for the most part, security is there to keep everything safe and in order.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The OU Police force is very diligent, and there are many blue light stations in case of emergency. There are so many students that theft can be a problem, but there are plenty of precautionary actions and warning signs to keep that from happening.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The only times I am hesitant on campus is when I am walking back from the Engineering Quad late at night to the dorms. I have to walk completely across campus in dim lighting and though nothing has ever happened, it's unsettling.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 291st
    Safest Campuses
  • 320th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 606th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Hurd
Oklahoma City
History and French
Grad Year
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The University takes its mission of providing a safe environment for young adults very seriously. The official rules regarding violence, alcohol, drugs, sexual activities, and appropriate behaviors in public are easy to follow for most students. There is a common acceptance that many students drink heavily, but as long as this drinking takes place off campus and does not endanger students or property, it is accepted. Sexual misconduct is taken very seriously, and all first-year students are encouraged to report any problems they encounter to their Resident Advisers, who can help them handle sensitive issues in an appropriate manner. Every new student at the University is required to complete two important health and safety surveys. The first, alcohol awareness, is required during the first week or two of classes and focuses on educating students about the consequences of drinking on campus (which are very severe) and the dangers of over-consumption of alcohol. The second major awareness seminar is an online consensual sex tutorial. This online informational is followed by a quiz, and students must pass the quiz to remain enrolled. The key points of emphasis are identifying what defines consensual sexual acts. The campus police presence is very strong, and Norman police are often on campus as necessary. Students receive emergency information via email, text, and phone calls, making it easy to stay informed. Overall, students should feel very comfortable walking during all hours of the night and day. The Goddard Health Center provides a convenient, on-campus doctor for all students, though they operate only during normal business hours. Twenty-four hour emergency care is also readily available off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 33
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 8
Security Office
OU Police Department
2775 Monitor Ave.
(405) 325-2864 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency telephones
  • Campus Crimestoppers
  • Emergency text updates
  • Number Nyne Crisis Hotline
  • Saferide
  • Safewalk
  • Self-defense classes
  • Sexual assault defense class
Health Center
Goddard Health Center
620 Elm Ave.
(405) 325-4611
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic health services
  • Birth control
  • Counseling and psychiatric services
  • Health promotion
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Women's center
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • OU's Police Department provides a slightly outdated looking website with a wealth of information on every safety concern imaginable. It's a good idea for parents and concerned students to browse this website. There are informative articles on alcohol awareness and campus regulations concerning drugs. If that all seems too heavy, there is a citizen's self-arrest form that is good for a few laughs.
  • OU provides two services, SAFEwalk and SAFEride, that are very popular on campus. SAFEwalk is student-run and provides students who call in with an escort on campus from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weeknights. SAFEride is a taxi service free of charge for OU students that runs on weekend nights so that students have an alternative to drunk driving.
  • Students are now updated instantly as possible threat situations take place on or near campus. Through text messages, phone calls, and emails, students are provided with information on dangerous persons, emergency procedures, and other important campus safety information.
  • The OU Police Department offers two self-defense classes. One is scheduled by individuals or groups, while the other is offered on the first Tuesday of every month at the campus gym. Both of these services are free.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 97 responses

  • 19% None
  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 96 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 11% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 49% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 96 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 19% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 97 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 43% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 54% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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