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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Nor myself or any of my friends have been harmed on or around campus. There are police who drive around which is comforting.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are always campus police driving up and down the streets on campus. They are always there when we need them and they make us feel very safe. I have never felt in danger while on campus.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Ball State is actually one of the safest schools in Indiana. Our campus is big but so inclusive that crime doesn't happen very often. As a matter of fact, as a junior there has only been maybe one or two crimes happen since I have been here. Campus police patrol the campus every day all day and there are always resources made available for anyone who may have experienced an assault, a crime, or anything else of that nature. One thing that I have noticed is that there are lights all around campus so that it isn't so dark at night. I feel very safe here at Ball State whereas at other campuses, not so much.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I would say Ball State is a super safe campus. I've never heard of anyone being attacked on campus. Parties are where assaults happen; not walking to class.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You are always seeing campus police around driving. I wish there was a little more than that but that works out freat from what I can see.

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Generally speaking, students say they feel safe around campus. Although violent crime is rare at Ball State, it's important to remember that the University is like a city. There are 18,000 students around campus at any given time. Although the vast majority of them are law-abiding citizens—relatively speaking—there is that fraction of the populace that is criminal. In recent times, BSU has played host to a series of shootings, some of which made national news, and all of which were related to alcohol in one way or another. In an attempt to end the violence, the University and the city of Muncie have cracked down hard on parties and underage drinking. This has had an effect on Ball State's social scene, which we will discuss in a later chapter.

Most students agreed the dorms are safe, but it's still a good idea to lock your door when you leave, as theft can be a problem. Although it is made up of students, the night desk staff does a good job at stopping undesirables from getting into the dorms. Students coming in to a residence hall at night must have their card swiped by the desk attendant, and all guests must be signed in. Students agree the most important thing people need to do when it comes to safety and security at Ball State is to use common sense. If you know where you are, who you are with, and you aren't being an idiot, you should be fine.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 17
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
University Police
200 N. McKinley Ave.
(765) 285-1111 emergency; (765) 285-1832 non-emergency
cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/Police.aspx
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Car, foot, bike, and K-9 patrols
  • Charlie's Charter escort service
  • Emergency blue-light phones
  • Motorist assist program
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Silent Witness
Health Center
BSU Student Health Center
1500 Neely Ave.
(765) 285-8431
cms.bsu.edu/CampusLife/HealthCenter.aspx
Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical treatment
  • Contraception
  • Immunizations
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physical therapy
  • Physicals
  • STD testing
  • TB testing
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
You can find out what the wait time is for a walk-in appointment at the Health Center before you go! Just visit the Health Center's website at www.bsu.edu/students/healthcenter.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 169 responses

  • 16% Walking alone
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% None
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 118 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 170 responses

  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 211 responses

  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 21% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.

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