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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Cornell does a great job of keeping the students informed, but as long as you use street smarts, the chances of you being safe are very high. There are some instances of poor safety on every campus.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: While crimes and assaults do take place on our campus, I feel that our security and administration take them very seriously. When a crime or assault occurs, students are alerted via email. Additionally we have a blue light system, which I appreciate when walking home alone at night.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel quite safe on-campus, especially because we need to scan our ID's to enter dorm buildings. The Blue Light system is alright--I live on a dorm building right on the edge of campus, so there are less blue lights around where I live. That being said, I've never ever felt uncomfortable with my surroundings on campus.

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2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Sexual assaults are finally gaining more attention on our campus but it is seriously one of the most hideous crimes I have seen here at school. Meaning that almost no one who matters seems to make the problem matter! I can talk all I want about it but if my dean or the provost or the president actually did something about it, the progress would move quicker!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. The blue light system adopted at many colleges exists here at Cornell. Every time a crime occurs, the entire community hears about it over email. The most serious incident this year has been some hooligan doing drive-bys with a paintball gun. Bikes are safe as long as you have a lock, and each residence hall has bicycle storage in the basement for added security. Police are also available at a moment's notice.

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Most students agree that Cornell is a very safe campus, since it’s had only a few seriously consequential incidents in the past. In recent years, bias-related incidents against minority students have risen slightly, but such events are the exception, not the rule. Sexual assault is not widely reported, although whether this is due to infrequency or simply a lack of reporting is unclear, as many students concur that the campus feels slightly less welcoming for women than for men.

The occasional robbery or mugging does occur in Collegetown or Ithaca, but rarely on Cornell’s campus. In general, Ithaca is a very safe area, perhaps due to its small size. Some students think that the campus is safer there than at other schools. This is most likely due to the fact that the campus is somewhat isolated, and Cornell has an alert and diligent police force, with a variety of services available to ensure student safety.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 29
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Cornell University Police
G2 Barton Hall
(607) 255-1111
www.cupolice.cornell.edu
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Campus shuttles
  • Crime prevention services
  • CU police force
  • Escort service
  • Fingerprinting services
  • Lost and stolen property reporting
  • Patroling the University around the clock
  • Self-defense PE courses
  • Van call service
Health Center
Gannett Health Center
110 Ho Plaza
(607) 255-5155
www.gannett.cornell.edu
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol, other drug, and tobacco-cessation services
  • Allergy shots and immunizations
  • Cornell Healthy Eating Program (CHEP)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • General medical services
  • Health-promotion services
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Laboratory and radiology services
  • Occupational health
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy and massage therapy
  • Sexual-health services (including yearly GYN exam)
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic (advice, immunizations, supplies)
  • X-Ray (radiology)
Day Care Services?
No

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 81 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 15% None
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 15 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 82 responses

  • 41% High quality, very convenient.
  • 30% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 80 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 4% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 81 responses

  • 33% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 12% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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