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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: From what I heard, it's better than most schools safety wise.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt threatened on this campus.

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual Assault accusations are rampant around campus. Whether they're true or not, it's scary because if it is true this famous is very dangerous, This Insitutions does not do enough to fight against and prevent sexual assault. The Health Center is very accessible, however the staff seems to not be qualified to actively diagnose a serious problem. If you have the common cold they can easily tell and they will give you OTC medication. From personal experience, they do not look close enough and will most of the time out you off and over exaggerating. I was diagnosed with a serious condition, but when I visited the health center the nurse wrote it off like it was nothing and would not write a referral to a doctor. They're not experienced enough to adequately make me feel safe with my health concerns.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The health office has some very nice and helpful nurses and some good support.


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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 38 responses

  • 29% None
  • 19% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Non-students on campus
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% 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 18 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 37 responses

  • 11% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 11% Not very visible.
  • 5% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 48% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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