The Office of Campus Safety is a department of the Division of Student Affairs and is located in the lower-level of the Ebersole Center. Campus Safety officers report to the Director of Campus Safety.

Security Services and Relations with Police

Campus Safety officers are responsible for the enforcement of rules and regulations prescribed by the College and are not empowered with arrest authority. In the event of an emergency, 911 calls go directly to a Linn County dispatch operator who can activate responses from local police, fire and ambulance, and, as needed, area or county emergency responders including sheriff’s deputies, and triage units.

Cornell College has a cooperative relationship with the Mount Vernon Police Department (MVPD). MVPD provides patrol and response to incidents in Mount Vernon, including the Cornell College Campus and surrounding areas. When a Cornell College student is involved in an off-campus offense, MVPD may contact Campus Safety for assistance or to relate information. Mount Vernon Police routinely work and communicate with Campus Safety on any serious incidents occurring on campus or in surrounding areas near campus.

In the event of an emergency, 911 calls go directly to a Linn County dispatch operator who can activate responses from local police, fire and ambulance, and, as needed, area or county emergency responders including sheriff’s deputies, and triage units.  

Additional Safety Information and Resources

Please refer to our Crime and Safety page for more information on the following:

  • Individual responsibility for safety
  • Staff / community roles in creating a safe campus
  • Emergency phone locations
  • Ram Alert Messaging (R.A.M.) system
  • Counseling and student health services
  • Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings