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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus provides multiple safety measures such as plenty of emergency telephones, keeping campus well lit at night, "safe rides", safe walks and campus police.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Also, OU has many ways for students to get help if they didn't feel safe or were assaulted.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel completely safe. No threats.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never been afraid on campus to do anything or walk alone. Sometimes at night I am more cautious, but never afraid. I usually always stay in a group of people, and I have never had any thoughts of being scared or in a bad situation.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are many 'emergency towers' strewn across campus, great and readily available for help!


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 33
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 8
Security Office
OU Police Department
2775 Monitor Ave.
(405) 325-2864 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency telephones
  • Campus Crimestoppers
  • Emergency text updates
  • Number Nyne Crisis Hotline
  • Saferide
  • Safewalk
  • Self-defense classes
  • Sexual assault defense class
Health Center
Goddard Health Center
620 Elm Ave.
(405) 325-4611
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic health services
  • Birth control
  • Counseling and psychiatric services
  • Health promotion
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Women's center
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • OU's Police Department provides a slightly outdated looking website with a wealth of information on every safety concern imaginable. It's a good idea for parents and concerned students to browse this website. There are informative articles on alcohol awareness and campus regulations concerning drugs. If that all seems too heavy, there is a citizen's self-arrest form that is good for a few laughs.
  • OU provides two services, SAFEwalk and SAFEride, that are very popular on campus. SAFEwalk is student-run and provides students who call in with an escort on campus from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weeknights. SAFEride is a taxi service free of charge for OU students that runs on weekend nights so that students have an alternative to drunk driving.
  • Students are now updated instantly as possible threat situations take place on or near campus. Through text messages, phone calls, and emails, students are provided with information on dangerous persons, emergency procedures, and other important campus safety information.
  • The OU Police Department offers two self-defense classes. One is scheduled by individuals or groups, while the other is offered on the first Tuesday of every month at the campus gym. Both of these services are free.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 139 responses

  • 21% None
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Dorm safety

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 91 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 138 responses

  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 4% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 176 responses

  • 48% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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