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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking around campus in the day or night. The health center is convenient but is really only good at helping with "typical" problems

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Its not the best but it could be worse. The only thing I have against it is the health center is on the opposite side of a large majority of the college housing making it a pain to go there.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is an alert system that is set in place if instances of sexual assault occur. In addition, students are required to take an online seminar on sexual assault and alcohol use.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking at night but you should probably carry pepper spray just in case.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Iowa State is very welcoming and safe to students. Rarely do I ever fear for my safety in any way, shape, or form.

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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 109 responses

  • 20% None
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Drugs
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 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 56 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 109 responses

  • 44% High quality, very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 7% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 108 responses

  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 4% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 109 responses

  • 45% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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