News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

October 5, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 31

ISU ranked fifth-safest campus in the nation

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

The Daily Beast analyzed the two most recent years of raw data from The Clery Report, a report universities are required to complete, and other sources, using more than 50 different criteria to analyze the schools.

Different crimes were weighted again each other. For example, murder carried more importance than burglary. Incidents both on-campus and nearby were considered. Nearly 9,000 schools were initially analyzed. Then more than 4,000 schools were examined more comprehensively, being judged on a crimes-per-capita basis.

“We have a great public safety staff that works hard to prevent crimes on campus,” said Stephen Chatterton, ISU director of public safety. “We also have an engaged and observant student body that is quick to report suspicious activity.”

ISU was ranked behind the New York Institute of Technology, Farmingdale State University of New York, Grand Valley University in Michigan and Indiana Wesleyan University.

Nearby schools that made the list include No. 6 University of Montana, No. 13 Utah State University and No. 17 Brigham Young University.

The Daily Beast has also ranked the 25 colleges with the worst safety rankings.

To view the report go to The Daily Beast's website.