Bring a First Aid Kit

Encourage your student to pack a first aid kit for college. Basic wound care supplies, a thermometer, and common over-the-counter medications are good to have on hand. The Health Center can help with these supplies during its hours of operation, but needs for simple first aid supplies often arise after hours.

Sign up for RAM Alerts

Cornell College has established the R.A.M. (Rapid Alert Messaging) Emergency System to assist in campus wide notification in events of safety concern. This system will disperse instant and simultaneous text messages to all faculty, staff and students who have registered their cellular phone numbers for this program. Encourage your student to sign up today

Obtain Renter's Insurance

Cornell highly recommends that you should obtain a renter's insurance policy to cover replacement of your student's belongings while living away from home.  Just like in your home, destructive events (like pipes bursting) can destroy property.  Cornell, like other colleges, does not insure student's personal property, but we do provide immediate assistance.  Think of us like the Red Cross; we'll intervene right away to place students in safe and secure places to live and help meet immediate needs (e.g., textbooks, clean clothes).  But replacing entire wardrobes, computers, etc. is the purpose of insurance.  Check with your agent or research online to obtain a policy to cover your student's belongings on and off campus.

Practice Internet Safety

Advise your student to use caution when posting personal information and pictures on social networking sites.

Equip Your Cell Phone

Encourage your student to program important numbers (Campus Safety and Mount Vernon Police) into their cell phone for emergencies.

  • Cornell College Campus Safety:  319-895-4299
  • Mount Vernon Police:  319-895-6141

Don't Tempt a Thief

Most thefts in college residence halls are crimes of opportunity committed by fellow students and only take a moment to happen.  For example, a room door is left standing open and valuables (such as cash or an IPOD) are sitting on a dresser near the door and make for easy picking.  Encourage your student to keep valuables stowed away and lock their doors when the room is unattended and when they are sleeping.  Our campus is a safe place and these practices help keep it that way.