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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I would feel fine walking alone at night but still scared

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe on campus, but I know bad things do happen around campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: For the most part, I feel pretty safe on campus. I always become extra aware of my surroundings when I'm walking alone at night (which rarely happens). The Ohio University Police Department is always there for students and they do a good job with informing us about certain situations.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Generally, campus feels safe and secure. I do feel as though the university should make known any services they have available to survivors/victims in a more noticeable way.


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When it comes to safety and security, it's hard for many students to imagine a campus that is safer than OU. Though there are occurrences of crime like any other place, everyone agrees that OU is generally a safe campus for men and women. In addition to city police, OU has its own police department, so patrolling officers are a pretty common sight, which can be comforting when you're walking home from a night class. Also, all of the residence halls require either a key or a swiped ID to enter, which is a reassurance that you will sleep safe and sound. And in the female-only dorms, all males must be accompanied by a resident upon entry.

While crimes do happen, from theft to an assault, using common sense is the best advice-don't walk alone at night, avoid drunken confrontations, and lock your doors. Take advantage of the safety services OU has to offer; they're there to keep you safe. With level-headed thinking, adherence to proper precautions, and a willingness to utilize the services provided to them, students are able to enjoy their college years at OU without worry or fear.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 28
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 9
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
OU Police Department
135 Scott Quadrangle
(740) 593-1911 (emergency)
Safety Services
  • Background checks (Ohio & FBI) & fingerprinting
  • Bike patrol
  • Campus Area Law Enforcement Links (CALL) program
  • Crime alerts
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • Rape Agression Defense (RAD)
  • Safe Arrival for Everyone Tonight (SAFE-T) patrol
  • Vehicle assistance
Health Center
Hudson Health Center
(740) 593-1660
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Medical equipment loans
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Physicals
  • Psychiatric care
  • Specialist care
  • STD testing
  • TB testing
  • Urgent care
  • Women's health
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • According to the latest Right to Know Report, there were no reported hate crimes on campus.
  • Hudson Health Center provides a 24-hour Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program that provides assistance to students who are victims of a sexual assault. The S.A.N.E. nurse is specially trained, providing both emotional and physical care.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 154 responses

  • 16% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 13% None
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 156 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 154 responses

  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 224 responses

  • 33% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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