Southeast Ranked Safest Public University in Missouri

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 25, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University has been ranked as the safest public four-year university in Missouri by StateUniversity.com, the leading website for college information.

The Safest Schools findings are based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officials. The 2011 rankings are available online here. As part of the Safest Schools ranking, StateUniversity.com analyzed crime statistics for 450 colleges and universities and assigned a safety rating to each school. Safety ratings are determined based on the number of occurrences of aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft/larceny, motor vehicle theft, forcible rape, and murder on campus, and then are weighed based on the probability of each incident happening to each student since naturally larger campuses would be expected to have a higher number of total incidents. Violent crime is given more weight in the ranking system and has a greater effect on the safety rating than non-violent crime such as theft. The underlying statistics are compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Safest Schools ranking lists are presented alongside all of the underlying crime statistics for quick reference and comparison. Safest Schools by State lists are also available.

The ranking presents interesting data about which schools are safest. There is no apparent correlation between campus crime rates and perceived academic quality.

Doug Richards, director of the Department of Public Safety at Southeast Missouri State University, said Southeast’s ranking as the safest public university in Missouri is the direct result of the University’s administration’s efforts over the past few years to put measures in place to ensure campus safety.

“We have 24/7 police patrols and a well-trained force,” Richards said. “We have technology in place with cameras across the campus providing ongoing video surveillance to help dispatchers monitor and record activities. We offer emergency text messaging for our students, faculty and staff, and we have an excellent outdoor warning system. We also have an urgent alert system to quickly send emergency communications to networked computers on campus. In addition, our campus has lighted corridors and a campus shuttle system running at night.

“Campus safety has been a major emphasis at Southeast,” Richards said. “The administration had the forethought many years ago to put the technology in place that we needed. This (ranking) did not happen by accident. We are very aggressive on campus safety, and the Department of Public Safety is constantly visible.”

Dr. Debbie Below, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions, said, “Southeast Missouri State University is one of the fastest growing universities in the Midwest. Campus safety is among the important college choice factors students and families consider when evaluating colleges. Numerous safety and security measures are in place, offering a safe and friendly campus environment for all students.”

Dominik Mazur, founder of StateUniversity.com, said, “Student safety and campus crime are sometimes overlooked during the college evaluation process. We believe it is important for students to be aware of crime on campus and in the surrounding community.”

The safety rankings are the latest in a series of rankings lists compiled by StateUniversity.com, including Top Ranked Schools Overall.

About StateUniversity.com Covering all U.S. institutions of higher learning, StateUniversity.com features the most complete collection of school statistics anywhere. The website allows prospective students to compare schools, research degree programs, and submit requests for application materials.

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