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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health and Safety measures can always be improved in any college's case.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think all campuses can improve on their safety.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never had a negative experience with campus safety and security. However, I have heard complaints from friends.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Public safety is great here, most of them are really out to protect you and are not there to get you in trouble.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police patrol pretty regularly, but most of the "dangerous" activity occurs off campus.


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When looking out over the campus landscape, blue-light emergency phones are scattered all around, and most students say they have never felt unsafe. While the Ithaca area is relatively safe, the Public Safety officers work hard to keep the campus secure. To keep everyone informed of the incidents, the college newspaper, the Ithacan, runs a weekly log that includes what officers responded to in the last week. Additionally, the school's electronic update system sends out an update if there is an incident on campus. If someone doesn’t feel comfortable walking around at night, the Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol (SASP) assists students getting around. The dorms are locked after 9 p.m., and residents need a key to get in.

Like the college town area, IC has a very low crime rate, and Public Safety takes every precaution to keep it that way. Once a student calls with a problem, the officers are very responsive, and they don’t take any issue lightly. The only real problems are incidents of car vandalism or larceny. Students still need to use common sense. Valuables such as money, jewelry, or laptops should always be safeguarded. While some looking to have parties on campus feel that Public Safety and SASP are just there to ruin weekend fun, the officers’ goals are to protect both students and the campus community. The dedicated staff tries to protect students from being victims or from taking part in reckless behavior. All in all, people generally feel very safe at IC.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 10
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
Office of Public Safety
Off of Coddington Road
911 (emergencies) or (607) 274-3333 (nonemergencies)
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency telephones
  • Escort service
  • Lost and found
  • Motorist assistance
  • Patrol officers
  • Self-defense education
  • Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol (SASP)
Health Center
Hammond Health Center
Next to the Campus Center (Egbert Hall), across from Williams Hall
(607) 274-3177
Monday-Friday 8 a.m-4 p.m.; urgent care is available 24 hours a day.
Health Services
  • Basic health care
  • Counseling center
  • Infirmary
  • Laboratory services
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Radiology services
  • Smoking cessation
  • Travel medicine clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
There are more than 70 blue-light phones on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 87 responses

  • 27% None
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Drugs
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 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 54 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 87 responses

  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 26% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 102 responses

  • 55% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 39% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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