Safety on and around college campuses is a key concern for everyone.

We know from visiting hundreds of college campuses and high schools each year and speaking to students and their parents that campus safety is of great concern to all of you. We’re here to help with timely information that we hope empowers and informs your college decisions. Here are the best resources and information available on campus safety.

The rising sexual assault statistics on campuses have recently warranted increased advocacy and the creation of a White House task force focused on addressing this issue with the seriousness it demands. Existing federal legislation requires colleges and universities to:

  • Disclose their security policies
  • Keep a public crime log
  • Publish an annual crime report
  • Provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees

You can find links to individual schools’ annual crime reports on the "Campus Safety” tab on our school profile pages. The statute also ensures certain basic rights for victims of campus sexual assaults and requires the U.S. Department of Education to collect and disseminate campus crime statistics.

Maintaining a safe campus requires more than complying with the Clery Act, Title IX, and other legislation. Educational programs instituted across all components of the campus system, including students, faculty, staff, and safety officials are key. Bystander intervention and trauma-informed training programs are also critical to fostering a culture of safety, concern, and mutual responsibility for the campus community. 

How parents and students can research college safety:

  • Ask questions about safety during campus visits. Ask the same questions of different people on campus to get a true sense of the campus culture. Administrators should be equipped to comment on any new or upcoming initiatives. Students can demonstrate the efficacy of education and awareness programs. Chaplain or counseling offices are likely to have first-hand experience with victim support.
    • What measures does this campus community currently take to address sexual violence on campus?
    • What education programs exist for students, faculty, staff, and safety officials about sexual assault, bystander intervention, and trauma?
      • Are these mandatory for first-year students?
      • Do these programs include ongoing / follow-up training sessions?
      • Are there any programs that address these issues for specific communities, e.g. through athletics, Greek life, LGTBQ+ community, individual residences, student leadership, etc?
    • In the event of an incident, what is the reporting process for victims and/or bystanders?
    • Does the school have a strong relationship with local authorities, health care facilities, and crisis centers?
    • How are campus administrators and authorities held accountable to the students they serve?
    • What does confidentiality mean within the disciplinary system on campus? Who is required to respect confidentiality? When is someone required to break confidentiality?
    • How does this university move beyond compliance create a culture of consent and respect?
  • Read news coverage of the local area.
  • Get familiar with the go-to resources and information provided below.

The Association of American Universities Campus Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct

A campus climate survey of 27 institutions of higher education, the goal of which was to provide participating institutions of higher education with information to inform policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault and misconduct.

Clery Center for Security on Campus

As stated in its mission, the Clery Center for Security On Campus is “a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to preventing violence, substance abuse and other crimes on college and university campuses across the United States, and to compassionately assist the victims of these crimes.”

Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool

The Clery Act also requires the U.S. Department of Education to collect and disseminate campus crime statistics. Use this tool to find safety statistics about specific schools.

Created by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, provides resources for those working to prevent or respond to sexual assault on college and university campuses. The website provides information on victims' rights, crisis centers, how to file a complaint, and links to federal data and reports on the topic.

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Colleges and universities are required to respond to assault and sexual harassment complaints under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In the event that a school fails to comply with the law, a student may file a complaint through the DOE's Office for Civil Rights. (More information on how to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and/or the Department of Justice is available at ).

It’s On Us

An awareness campaign initiated by the White House to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. 

Not Anymore

An interactive online program designed to prevent sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking while helping your campus meet Campus SaVE Act (VAWA) and Title IX education mandates.