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The University takes its mission of providing a safe environment for young adults very seriously. The official rules regarding violence, alcohol, drugs, sexual activities, and appropriate behaviors in public are easy to follow for most students. There is a common acceptance that many students drink heavily, but as long as this drinking takes place off campus and does not endanger students or property, it is accepted. Sexual misconduct is taken very seriously, and all first-year students are encouraged to report any problems they encounter to their Resident Advisers, who can help them handle sensitive issues in an appropriate manner.
Every new student at the University is required to complete two important health and safety surveys. The first, alcohol awareness, is required during the first week or two of classes and focuses on educating students about the consequences of drinking on campus (which are very severe) and the dangers of over-consumption of alcohol. The second major awareness seminar is an online consensual sex tutorial. This online informational is followed by a quiz, and students must pass the quiz to remain enrolled. The key points of emphasis are identifying what defines consensual sexual acts.
The campus police presence is very strong, and Norman police are often on campus as necessary. Students receive emergency information via email, text, and phone calls, making it easy to stay informed. Overall, students should feel very comfortable walking during all hours of the night and day. The Goddard Health Center provides a convenient, on-campus doctor for all students, though they operate only during normal business hours. Twenty-four hour emergency care is also readily available off campus.