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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: While this is a college campus and there are always some issues with safety, I have never felt threatened or unsafe here. I feel comfortable at parties, walking at night, and going places alone. I have never been sick enough to use the health center, but they just upgraded the facility in the last year.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health center is great if you can get there. It is about a half mile off campus and to walk that distance when sick is not the best feeling.

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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is so far from everything!!! When you get there there is usual a 2 hour wait. And then they never know what you have!!!

I had mono...they told me it was nothing and then I had to get rushed to the hospital the next day. I needed a doctors appointment off campus and they told me they would make the appointment and they forgot.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe, Elon is so secluded you never have to deal with anything

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. Even walking alone at night, I don't feel the need to check over my shoulder, and there is definitely a significant campus police presence. Crime on campus isn't a big issue for the majority; for example, it is commonplace to see expensive laptops and bags left on tables in the library or in dining halls, because you can trust that they will still be there when you get back. One improvement I think they could make would be to have more lights, it is not a very well-lit campus at night.

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It’s important to feel safe wherever you’re going to school, and environment plays a big role in this. Elon is located in a smaller area, so it’s naturally going to be more secure than some city schools. However, the university still makes the safety of its students a priority. Elon has many programs that acquaint students with the security services offered on campus and what to do in a dangerous situation. With safe rides, blue lights, and escort services, students should feel pretty safe. Even in this cozy atmosphere, however, something bad can still happen, so students are constantly reminded to be safe rather than sorry. At the beginning of the year, a presentation called “Let’s Get It On” is shown to all incoming students. This show, presented by Residence Life and Student Government Association, explains how to avoid sticky situations and what to do in case something has happened already. Security is something that Elon students are well acquainted with.

The blue-light system could use some improvement. In the big area between Koury Athletic Center, Belk Library, and Moseley Center, there are very few streetlights and no blue lights at all. The implementation of security cameras has helped the situation, though, especially in the dimly lit parking lots. There have been a few incidents in the past few years of break-ins, theft, and burglaries, but Elon does a good job of communicating this information to its students via the infamous “Smith Jackson e-mails.” Elon campus security works closely with Elon town police to thoroughly investigate cases, when needed. Despite the few negative incidents, however, Elon is one of the safest campuses around.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 25
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Safety & Police Department
216 N. Williamson Ave.
911 (emergencies); (336) 278-5555 (escort service)
Safety Services
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Bicycle registration
  • Blue emergency phones
  • Engraving of valuables
  • Escort service
  • Fire safety programs
  • Personal security programs
  • Rape awareness programs
  • Self defense programs
  • Theft awareness programs
  • Van driver training
Health Center
R.N. Ellington Health Center
(336) 278-7230
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy vaccine administration
  • Birth control
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Flu vaccines
  • Gynecology clinic
  • Immunizations
  • Referrals to off-campus dentists/doctors
  • STD screening and treatment
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Elon offers a volunteer service called Safe Rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. These volunteers answer phone calls from Elon students who are at parties or bars and bring them safely back to the University. There is no charge to the students, and it is completely confidential. The program was created to ensure that no student gets in a car with a drunk driver or gets behind the wheel after drinking.
  • According to statistics from Campus Security from the years 2000-2002, there were no robberies reported, only four motor vehicle thefts, and only one aggravated assault.
  • The Elon Pendulum, the school's newspaper, reports all students who are either arrested or given a referral, along with what crime they committed. If a student breaks the law, they have to bear the shame of the whole campus knowing.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 62 responses

  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 15% None
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Theft/robberies
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% 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 31 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 61 responses

  • 16% High quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 23% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 60% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 56% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 37% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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