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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Students recognize the signs of sexual assault taking place and actively work to prevent its presence.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: ECU had an alert system in place to allow students the benefit of

Knowing of and where a crime is taking place. It helps with peace of mind

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Few incidences of violence and theft on campus.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The ECU police and officials make sure that the students have a safe environment while attending the school

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: ECU is very efficient in dealing with student health and safety affairs.

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The ECU Police have a visible and friendly presence, yet they do not hesitate to arrest or cite people for various offenses, which should make students feel safe and secure. Fortunately, criminal offense rates are low here. Students can start being proactive about their safety by taking the HLTH 1000 class during their first semester or year. For students who come from towns where sex education only advocates abstinence, the course is helpful for learning about birth control and ways to reduce STD transmission, which is especially important since the STD rate is rumored to be high here. While on-campus sexual assault reports have been minimal, numerous students have been victimized off campus and not reported it. Students should avoid walking alone after dark in the areas near downtown and should make sure they have enough money before going out so they do not have to use the ATM machines downtown, which are good places to rob drunk people who have just replenished their funds. Campus is well lit, so students should not be worried about walking back to their dorms or cars at night. There is also Safe Ride, and there are emergency blue-light phones everywhere. Residence hall doors are locked 24 hours a day, but non-residents can still sneak in behind residents, so you should always be aware of who is around when you enter your dorm, especially at night.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 34
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
ECU Police Department
609 E. Tenth St.
911 (emergencies) (252) 328-6787 (non-emergencies, East Campus) (252) 744-3863 (non-emergencies, West Campus, School of Medicine)
Safety Services
  • Bike patrols
  • Bike registration
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Emergency motorist assitance
  • Safe Ride escort service
  • Self-defense courses
Health Center
ECU Student Health Service
1001 E. Fifth St.
(252) 328-6841
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (urgent care only on weekends)
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Immunization
  • Massage therapy
  • Men's health (testicular cancer and steroid-use education, STI treatment)
  • Pharmacy
  • Sexual Assault Examiner Program
  • Wellness education
  • Women's health (contraception, morning-after pill, STI treatment, pap smear, and GYN exams)
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Birth control pills are sometimes more expensive at the Student Health Service than at other pharmacies in town, but condoms are available at discounted rates and are also available in residence hall vending machines (sometimes right next to the breath mints).
  • The ECU Police Department holds fundraising raffles several times a year. Recent prizes have included a motorcycle and a jet ski.
  • Some ECU buses are equipped with security cameras. Smile for the monitor!
  • The campus phone system requires that "9" be dialed first to indicate an off-campus phone number. However, campus 911 calls are referred to the ECU Police first and should not include the extra "9" before the number.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 145 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Gang violence
  • 4% None
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 109 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 143 responses

  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 181 responses

  • 24% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 44% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 28% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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