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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I am often out on campus very late at night, coming back from office hours or the library. I have very rarely felt unsafe and never, ever actually BEEN in an unsafe environment. The campus is well lit, especially major areas where people walk, and there are always people around at all hours. There are Blue Light phones that connect you to the police all over the place, you can see one from anywhere on campus.

Every week, the police chief sends out an email to all the students with comments about things that are going on around the world, in Ithaca and on campus. Often these emails are funny and lighthearted, demonstrating the very personal relationship the CUPD has with students on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus, but there have been several sexual assault cases within the last year.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Gannet health services is just fine. Its a pretty safe place and sexual violence will not be ignored by the school (I am looking at you, Umass...)

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Drinking related problems seem to be abundant on campus. There is a program that students are referred to for drinking and drug related problems known as BASICS but the program is generally seen as a joke.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Generally a safe campus, but many cases of rape this year, especially by fraternity leaders and athletes. The school seems to give a lot of privilege to those assailants.

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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 120 responses

  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 12% None
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% 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 65 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 118 responses

  • 14% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 47% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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