Most students agree that Cornell is a very safe campus, since it’s had only a few seriously consequential incidents in the past. In recent years, bias-related incidents against minority students have risen slightly, but such events are the exception, not the rule. Sexual assault is not widely reported, although whether this is due to infrequency or simply a lack of reporting is unclear, as many students concur that the campus feels slightly less welcoming for women than for men.
The occasional robbery or mugging does occur in Collegetown or Ithaca, but rarely on Cornell’s campus. In general, Ithaca is a very safe area, perhaps due to its small size. Some students think that the campus is safer there than at other schools. This is most likely due to the fact that the campus is somewhat isolated, and Cornell has an alert and diligent police force, with a variety of services available to ensure student safety.