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Safety on and around college campuses is a subject of utmost importance.
At The Princeton Review, we have long urged college students to be mindful of safety in all aspects of their campus and personal lives. We also have encouraged college applicants to consider safety issues as they research, visit, and choose colleges best for them. In our online school profiles, our college guidebooks, and our admission services with students, we provide guidance to students about campus safety issues. We also provide information on this page.
We share below our core beliefs about the subject of campus safety, plus links to resources for students. We continually review and update this page and encourage your feedback to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAMPUS CRIME & FIRE SAFETY ISSUES
At The Princeton Review, we believe:
We are proud of the role our company has played for over 20 years in reporting information about colleges from their academic offerings to their campus culture issues for applicants and parents of applicants. On the general subject of campus safety, we have published information in our books and on our website since the 1990s. On the subject of campus crime, we do not rank colleges on this topic either as one of our "top 20 colleges" ranking list categories (see http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings.aspx) or hierarchically (we don't rank colleges hierarchically, 1-to-several hundred, on any topic). Data colleges report on criminal matters need to follow specific federal and legal guidelines (some of which is by necessity not uniformly public information): it is not possible to generate fair, accurate, or current school-to-school comparisons on this very serious topic. However, we believe the information about specific colleges with regard to their safety records that is made available to students as a result of the Clery Act, is a comprehensive resource for students. The Clery Act (see link to the Clery Center below) requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report, and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees. The law also ensures certain basic rights for victims of campus sexual assaults and requires the U.S. Department of Education to collect and disseminates campus crime statistics.
To facilitate students in learning about this resource and accessing information about a specific college's campus safety sources, this past academic year we solicited information from colleges about their website campus safety pages. We received overwhelmingly positive cooperation from school administrators. Nearly 1,200 schools gave us the URLs to their school's campus safety pages at which one can download or link to their school's Clery Report pages. We have incorporated that information into our website profiles of these schools. Our site users will find these URLs in our school profiles by clicking on "Campus Life/Facilities" in the left-hand sidebar. In the page that follows, these links are in the area, "Campus Safety – Campus Security Report."
Here are resources we encourage students to use to access information on campus safety issues—from crime to fire safety.
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, 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.
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 www.notalone.gov/students)
Center for Campus Fire Safety
The Center for Campus Fire Safety is a non-profit organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire at our nation's campuses. Its mission is to serve as an advocate for the promotion of campus fire safety, a focal point for the efforts of a number of organizations, and a clearinghouse for information relating to campus fire safety.
In 2004, The Princeton Review partnered with Center to gather information from colleges about their campus fire safety protocols. Using this annually-collected data, The Princeton Review has tallied college fire safety ratings. The company's 2013 fire safety ratings of colleges are accessible on the school profiles on this site and also published in Princeton Review's college guidebooks. (For more information: go to http://www.princetonreview.com/fire-safety-rating-press-release.aspx)
Over the past year, as news stories and feature articles about sexual assaults on college campuses have increased, we have followed these reports with deep concern. Our hearts go out to all parties affected by these crimes, especially to the victims of such assaults. We salute the initiatives of responsible organizations to bring attention to this topic, and to promote change and reform in this very critical area.
While some individuals have asked The Princeton Review to rank colleges on campus sexual assault records, we have never -- nor do we expect ever to – create rankings on matters of campus crime, including sexual assaults. Such issues involve very serious and complex legal matters. Among them are issues of student confidentiality and reporting guidelines that vary, campus to campus, case to case, and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Currently there is no uniform system in place by which such data is obtainable sufficient for us or in our opinion for any organization to make fair or accurate school-to-school comparisons. However we salute the effort that has been underway for the past year on this topic by the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault. Their site (www.notalone.gov) has valuable information and details the extensive planning and input underway involving the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice and Title IX Office of Civil Rights to work with colleges to establish reporting guidelines that can lead to fair and reliable survey instruments.
We join all who will be watching these developments in the year ahead. We will continue to work at what we can do best: giving students information we collect directly from administrators and current college students that will help applicants and their parents research, apply to, and choose the colleges best for them.