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:
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.
Check out what type of support and help is available on-campus for students dealing with depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. Resources may include:
Ask the college:
News reports and government action around sexual assault on campuses have spurred colleges to take action. Check out what the colleges on your target list are doing to prevent assaults. Resources may include:
Ask the college:
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.
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.”
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, NotAlone.gov 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.
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 www.notalone.gov/students ).
An awareness campaign initiated by the White House to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.
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.
While the vast majority of both two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States prohibit firearms on campus, this resource covers individual state laws that allow guns on public campuses.