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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Health services via our 2 nurses are O.K....meaning if you are sick they'll give you some advil/ibuprofen and send you to the doctor's office down the road. We have a couple of counselors, but only one is really cool and good at what she does. Sexual assault on campus is seldom heard of, but the few instances that have reached my ears were not very well addressed by administration, but they are working hard to address the issue. We have a safe house and a student group on campus called Third Wave Resource GRoup (TWRG)

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, even late at night walking around alone. I know that if I go out, there will always be someone there who can help me out if I don't feel safe. If someone crosses the line in what they say or do, most students have no issues with letting them know that it's not acceptable.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: No theft, left items places and got them later.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus safety is there when you call, but their presence is usually not overbearing. An encounter with them can be pleasant or unpleasant depending on which person you get when you call and/or which person they send to assist you.

There have been several bias-related incidents on campus. There have also been many incidents of sexual assault/harassment on campus. Neither of these have been dealt with well by the administration or campus safety. If caught, the culprit usually receives a light punishment. For sexual assault, the most likely resource would be the feminist group on campus, Third Wave Resource Group, which provides a safe space for victims. But there aren't very many other safe spaces on campus, and the student body is not very sympathetic to victims either.

Most students feel safe walking around campus at night. However, even after incidents, there have not been very many steps taken to up the security. There are very few surveillance cameras on campus, and lamppost lights don't always work.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: I hear that the nurses are a joke and assume pregnancy for every female that walks into the door. Cornell has a great student organization called TWRG that addresses sexual assaults but I don't see the school take action for any reports. Over all, the student body doesn't think that sexual assaults on campus. Everytime the "Clothesline Project" is up, the school reacts with surprise.


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Safety isn’t something most students question at Cornell. Located in a town of about 3,000, the small-town sense of security spills over onto campus. Many students leave their dorm rooms unlocked—despite encouragement from Residence Life and Campus Safety to do otherwise. There are occasional thefts and several cars get broken into each year, but students walking across campus in the dead of night still feel perfectly safe. The general consensus among students is that it’s a good thing Mount Vernon is such a safe community because they wouldn’t trust the Campus Safety officers if they were ever in any real danger.

Cornell’s Student Health Services is staffed by two registered nurses who can provide basic medical care. They also have a great working relationship with the two clinics in town and can usually get a student an appointment for the same day if she/he needs care beyond what the nurses can provide. Cornell also serves as a satellite clinic for St. Luke’s Family Planning, which provides women’s health services and birth control on bi-monthly visits to campus. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Appointments are on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Safety Office
Ebersole Center, lower level
On campus: 4299; Off campus: (319) 895-4299
Safety Services
  • Emergency phones
  • R.A.D. classes
  • Ram-Alert text messaging system
  • Safety Escort
  • Vehicle registration
Health Center
Student Health Services
Ebersole Memorial Health Center
(319) 895-4292
Monday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Counseling
  • Laboratory Services (strep test, mono test, pregnancy test)
  • Medications (cough syrups, pain relievers, throat lozenges)
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 30 responses

  • 25% None
  • 19% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 6 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 28 responses

  • 39% High quality, very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 14% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 47% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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