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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The university police are really great, will help you with just about anything you might need. I feel extremely safe on campus. The police are on call 24/7 so there are little to no worries about something going terribly wrong, you will always get an answer if you call.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: You are as safe as you want to be. Honestly, I walk with someone if its really late out, but I'm also a small woman. During the day I feel like I have nothing at all to worry about, and you probably don't at night either, I would just rather be safe than sorry.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: still take the precautions you feel are necessary to protect yourself, but Iowa State is a very tight knit family and will take care of each other when the need arises

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Although I think that Iowa State should look at getting more street lights put on campus for at night, and possibly see about getting white LED lights instead of the yellow lights. I try not to go across campus at night unless I have someone with me just because some areas on campus aren't as well lit as others. Thankfully if I do have to go out on my own I can call the ISU safety escort service and get a ride from them.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There were very few instances of sexual assault and/or crime, however, handled very quickly.

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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 150 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% Violence among students
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 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 148 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 149 responses

  • 18% 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.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 5% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 201 responses

  • 46% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 46% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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