Crime Prevention

Campus Safety officers are responsible for the enforcement of rules and regulations prescribed by the College and are not empowered with arrest authority.  Campus Safety officers work in collaboration with students and other members of the community to foster trusting relationships.  Campus Safety officers are always available to answer questions and deal with the problems students encounter during their careers at Cornell College.  The relationship with the Mt. Vernon Police Department is excellent and the departments meet regularly to discuss common problems. 

Cornell's buildings and grounds are patrolled 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Campus Safety officers.  Escorts are provided to community members by dialing extension 4299, and residence halls are patrolled with extra emphasis on major weekends and officers maintain a high degree of visibility.  Residence halls are locked from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily. Students needing access to an academic building during restricted hours must obtain a Limited Access Pass from their professor. Authorized occupancy within these restricted entry buildings is checked nightly by Campus Safety officers. Also, any new construction, remodeling, or alteration of a building is done with the overall safety and security of the building’s occupants as a priority.

Emergency phones are located at the following locations:

  • Bowman-Carter (patio)
  • Russell Hall (parking lot)
  • Thomas Commons (main entrance)
  • Dows Hall (north entrance)
  • Field House Parking Lot (east end)
  • Field House Parking Lot (west end)
  • Geology Parking Lot (west end)
  • Harlan House
  • Maintenance Parking Lot (north lot)
  • Merner (east entrance)
  • Olin Hall (north entrance)
  • Olin Hall (south entrance)
  • Pauley/Rorem (main entrance)
  • Pfeiffer (north entrance)
  • Rood Parking lot
  • Tarr Hall (north entrance)
  • West Science (entrance)
  • 10th Avenue

Cornell students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to contact the Campus Safety office. The Director of Campus Safety will keep the campus community informed about safety and security issues and alerts through the Campus Newsletter, The Cornellian, Today @ Cornell, mass e-mail messages, timely warnings or faculty and student meetings. Residence hall students are also informed by their resident assistants about safety precautions.

Education: When new students arrive on campus they are informed about campus safety and security precautions, policies and procedures, including alcohol and drugs and sexual assault. This information appears in the Residence Life Handbook, The Compass (student handbook), meetings in the residence halls and new student orientation. Several campus groups sponsor programs about various safety issues throughout the year.

Alcohol and Drugs: the College annually distributes the Drug Free Schools and Community Act to faculty, staff and students in accordance with federal legislation. Programs, resources, and information regarding the consequences of illegal drug use are included in the publication. http://www.cornellcollege.edu/human_resources/handbook/drugfreeact.pdf

Sex Offenses: the College annually publishes and distributes a brochure about sexual assault. The publication includes a summary of the College policy; education programs; procedures; options for reporting; services available on and off campus; disciplinary procedures and sanctions; and possible change in academic or living situations. Information about registered sex offenders may be obtained by going to the Linn County Sheriffs Office. This information is available to you in accordance with Iowa Law.

Safety Alerts: the College will make timely reports to the community about any crimes including murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, or motor vehicle theft that are considered to be a threat to students and staff. This information will be electronically disseminated and visibly posted in residence halls, academic buildings, administrative buildings and the Thomas Commons.