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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a big seminar for all incoming freshmen to talk about consent and sexual assault so the safety is a big deal.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We all have to take an Alcohol Ed course before we attend. Also, we need to take a second part after being in school for a month. There is also a zero tolerance.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Average, no good school, problems are solved

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)

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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.


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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 32 responses

  • 25% None
  • 20% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% 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 11 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 30 responses

  • 43% High quality, very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 10% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 13% Not very visible.
  • 6% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 49% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 46% 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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