Norfolk State University is an open campus. Therefore, anyone is allowed to freely walk on campus. As for drivers, they can get past security with a valid excuse. Written documents are not necessary to get through the many entrances. Many people are on campus at any time of the night, especially when it is warm out, so students are always looking out for one another; having to worry about overall safety is not a concern. Walking on the outskirts of campus is not recommended because not many witnesses are there to see if a student is in danger. Walking through campus with friends is helpful and provides better security. Use the buddy system as often as possible, even during the daytime. Having a friend by your side can make you feel better and safer on campus. If you do not have anyone to walk with at night, Norfolk State provides security officers that will escort you to designated areas.
Other than security, Norfolk State provides adequate health facilities. The Spartan Health Center is located in the Spartan Station. The center is staffed with highly skilled professionals, including a medical doctor, nurse practitioner, licensed practical nurse, and an administrative assistant. Basic health services are provided, like the treatment of minor illnesses or injuries. The cost of health care services are paid for by the University for full-time students. For prompt service, appointments should be made prior to visits. The facility is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the health center also has emergency “on call” services.