Southeast Ranked Safest Public University in Missouri


State UniversityCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 19, 2012 – For the third consecutive year, Southeast Missouri State University has been ranked as the safest public four-year university in Missouri by, the leading website for college information.

The Safest Schools findings are based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officials. The 2012 rankings are available online at

Doug Richards, director of the Department of Public Safety, said Southeast’s ranking as the safest public university in Missouri is the direct result of the University’s efforts over the past several 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. “We also have officers who provide A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) training to our faculty, staff, and students, and area schools, employers and the public to help prepare them on how to handle intruder situations,” Richards added. “Campus safety has been a major emphasis at Southeast,” he 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, vice president for enrollment management and student success and Dean of Students, said, “Southeast Missouri State University continues to be one of the fastest growing universities in the Midwest. Campus safety is among the important factors families consider when evaluating colleges. The safety and security of students are of utmost importance to Southeast. Numerous people and resources on the campus and in the Cape Girardeau community are dedicated to the goal of providing a safe learning, working, and living environment for our student body. “We encourage students to do their part as well,” Below added. “Students themselves play a vital part in helping to assure that the Southeast campus is a safe place. Throughout the year, students are exposed to a variety of safety and security topics through programs offered by numerous university departments including the Department of Public Safety, the Office of Residence Life, Counseling and Disability Services, the Dean of Students Office and others.”

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

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