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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel we could be safe but some people are crazy

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been times where I do not feel safe while walking alone. I tend to avoid walking alone at night. Living in towers it is best to take the help van or call a friend when walking in the dark. The frat row tends to be a slightly unnerving area at night.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been issues of crime on campus, but the school had alerts and people actively trying to avoid crime.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. There have been a few incidences of sexual assault on campus, but I feel like that happens everywhere. I always feel safe when walking on campus at night and I have never had to question my safety.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt threatened on campus. It is well lit and emergency phones to use all over if you need one. I have always felt safe.

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The most prevalent crimes are liquor-law violations and petty theft. But other than that, Ames is a very, very safe community. ISU does a really good job of patrolling campus and making sure that students feel safe at all times. Many feel safer walking alone at night on Iowa State's campus than at other campuses they have been to. That says a lot for ISU and the measures they take to make sure people feel safe here.

Although many students hate the Department of Public Safety for issuing an incredible number of parking tickets, they do recognize that DPS does manage to remain effective, as the levels of crime on campus are low and generally nonthreatening. Of course, there is crime, as there is anywhere. But the vast majority of it is not life-threatening, and the amount is so insignificant that students have no qualms about venturing out on campus alone or at night.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 8
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 36
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 10
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Armory Building, Room 168
(515) 294-4428
www.dps.iastate.edu
Safety Services
  • Computer forensics
  • Crime prevention programming
  • Criminal investigations
  • General patrol
  • Moonlight Express bus
  • Personal threat assistance
  • Safety escorts
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Victim/witness services
Health Center
Thielen Student Health Center
Union Drive at Sheldon Avenue
(515) 294-5801
www.health.iastate.edu
Monday–Tuesday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Thursday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Illness/injury care treatment
  • Immunizations and vaccines
  • Mental health services
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical exams
  • Physical therapy
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
The $80 health fee paid each semester allows for unlimited, routine physician visits at the health center for no charge and reduced rates on service fees such as physical exams, orthopedics, psychotherapy, lab, X-ray, and pharmacy services. Additional services in counseling and wellness are also offered with no additional charge.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 143 responses

  • 21% None
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 129 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 142 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 5% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 182 responses

  • 45% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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