Revised List Drops FSU, FAMU from 25 Most Dangerous Campuses

By: Rick Adams Email
By: Rick Adams Email

Tallahassee, December 2, 2012

Two Tallahassee universities are now off an alternate list of 'The 25 Most Dangerous College Campuses.'

The website, Business Insider, listed Florida State University as the 25th and Florida A & M as the 4th most dangerous college campuses in the country.

The original rankings were complied using crime statistics from the FBI. They included crimes committed both on and off campus. The list includes universities with at least 10,000 students.

However, both universities are off the alternate list. The alternate list uses on-campus crime statistics complied through the Clery Act.

Under the alternate criteria, FSU drops to 45th and FAMU drops to 53rd.

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IACLEA Statement
Anne P. Glavin, President
Business Insider Article

November 27, 2012
A recent article published in Business Insider magazine that purported to rank the 25 most dangerous colleges in America presents a misleading and highly distorted picture of crime on campus, based on a flawed methodology.

Business Insider used a formula to rank the largest universities in the country, based on an average of FBI data from 2008 to 2011. Only colleges with an enrollment of 10,000 students or greater were included in the rankings, based on a combination of the violent crime and property crime ranks, which were weighted on a four (violent crimes) to one (property crimes) basis.

The data originated from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR).
However, the FBI cautions consumers not to rank institutions based on the UCR statistics. "Any comparisons of crime among different locales should take into consideration numerous other factors besides the areas' crime statistics. Therefore, the UCR Program does not provide rankings of localities by crime levels," the FBI states on its website.

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions of higher education to file detailed crime statistics each year with the federal government. These statistics are available for the public to view.
IACLEA's member institutions are dedicated to protecting the 18 million students, as well as faculty, staff and the millions of visitors to our college campuses. The fact is that credible, longitudinal studies have proven that 18-24 year old students are less likely to be a victim of a violent crime on a college campus than in the general society. Articles like this do a disservice to students, parents and the officers and staff who work round the clock to provide a secure learning environment.

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Statement from FAMU

“We are continuing to review this ranking and the data to determine how we landed in the top five. When you look at FAMU’s crime statistics in the FAMU Police Department’s Annual Report for the last three years, the incidents of crime at FAMU have declined in many areas. Consequently, we believe this ranking is misleading and paints an inaccurate picture of our campus environment. As a matter of fact, the FBI discourages anyone viewing the data from ranking institutions since there are multiple variables involved. The ranking in question also included crimes occurring outside of the campus, which are difficult or even impossible for us to control. We believe our Police Department and administration have done a stellar job in creating a safe and secure environment for our students and campus community.”

Sharon P. Saunders
Chief Communications Officer
Florida A&M University


WCTV got reaction from students and university police regarding a study that shows that both schools are in the top 25 when it comes to most dangerous campuses.

So how dangerous are the campuses of FAMU and FSU?

A business insider study shows FAMU is the fourth most dangerous college in America while Florida State University comes in at number 25.

Terrie Hookfin, stated: "The statistics come from somewhere, so I don't know; I'll have my eyes open to be more safe when I'm walking around."

Victoria Shamas also stated: "I know where to avoid, where to go, I think it's not that bad."

The schools were ranked by averaging FBI crime data per capita from 2008 to 2011, for schools with over 10,000 students.

The study combined violent crime rank with property crime rank.

David Perry, Chief FSU Police, stated: "The methodology definitely does not reflect the crime or what we would consider the dangerousness of our campus or any campus that's listed on that list."

And that's how most of the students on the FAMU and FSU campuses feel.

Jonathan Lubin, Florida State University Senior, stated: "My four years here I truly haven't seen any crime, we do have our FSU alerts which do alert us of crimes. They seem far and in between, I'm shocked to hear that we're 25th in the nation."

FSU school officials were not pleased with the study saying that it was inappropriate and misleading.

The study also shows there were nearly 90,000 crimes committed on and around college campuses last year.


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