ISU Magazine

Volume 41 | Number 1 | Fall/Winter 2010

Red Hill in winter

The columns atop Red Hill in the winter.

Photo by ISU Photographic Services

ISU Campus Named One of Nation's Safest

Fall 2010 Issue | By Andrew Taylor

Idaho State University has been ranked the seventh safest campus in the United States by The Daily Beast, a national news website.

The Daily Beast: 50 Safest Colleges

This is the second consecutive year that ISU was ranked as one of the 10 safest campuses in the nation.

This is the Daily Beast's second-annual ranking of the safest and most dangerous colleges in the U.S. It used the "three most recent calendar years of campus security and crime data (2006-2008) compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as the FBI and the Secret Service, in conjunction with the Clery Act, the federal mandate requiring all schools that receive federal funding to disclose crime information annually." The report reflects incidents reported to campus or local police, not convictions.

Different crimes were weighted against each other. For example, murder carried more importance than burglary. Incidents both on-campus and nearby were considered.

"We have great support and assistance from the Pocatello Police Department, their officers and their Neighborhood Watch program," said Stephen Chatterton, ISU director of public safety. "Our Public Safety staff is dedicated and works hard at keeping the campus safe. Our students, staff and faculty are the best. Their support and attitude toward campus safety makes the difference in the quality of our campus atmosphere."