Campus Crime: Swarthmore, Occidental, Gallaudet Report Highest Crime Rates for Small Colleges


Law Street Media, LLC
Anneliese Mahoney


WASHINGTON and NEW YORK, Tuesday July 1, 2015. Swarthmore College ranks #1 in highest reported crime among small colleges in the U.S., according to a new report from Law Street, the leading law and policy news site for Millennials. Also in the top five are Occidental College (#2), Gallaudet University (#3), Benedict College (#4), and Central State University (#5).  Law Street’s report is the first such ranking based on official federal crime data.

See the full list of the Top 10 Highest Reported Crime Rates for Small Colleges. 

Campus crime reports, especially pertaining to cases of sexual assault, have been heavily reported by the media in recent months. The Law Street Crime in America team used data from the Department of Education to analyze crime statistics for all small colleges, defined as four-year institutions with 1,500-9,999 students. The list and accompanying analysis are the first in a series of campus crime reports that will provide a more accurate way of comparing and analyzing college crime statistics.
“As the leading authority in ranking America’s safest and most dangerous cities, states, and metro areas, Law Street strives to provide free and informative information on crime across the United States,” said John A. Jenkins, Founder and CEO of Law Street. “This summer, our Crime in America team is continuing that history of excellence by ranking the campuses with the highest reported levels of crime. Given the recent increased media attention on campus crime, particularly sexual assault, we believe it’s essential for students, communities, and families to receive the most accurate and thorough information about crime on college campuses.”

Rounding out the Top 10 colleges with the highest reported crime are Lane College, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Trinity College, Amherst College, and The Art Institute of Atlanta. Three of the colleges in the Top 10 were recently investigated by the Department of Education for reporting potential Title IX violations. At Swarthmore, Occidental, and Amherst, students filed Title IX complaints with the Department of Education because of alleged mishandling of sexual assault cases.

The data used in Law Street’s analysis was compiled by the Office of Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education, as mandated by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all schools that receive federal financial aid to report and monitor crimes that occur on their campuses. This data is the most accurate and inclusive measure of campus crime available.

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Law Street is an open-access web-based media platform covering law and public policy. Read the press releaseabout Law Street’s launch here, and see the Publishers Weekly story about our company here. Law Street’s Founder and CEO is journalist and author John A. Jenkins, formerly President and Publisher of CQ Press. Read more about John and the rest of the Law Street team here.

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