By Michelle Eigenheer–
Newsweek magazine’s website, The Daily Beast, released a report this summer of the “25 Most Crime-Rattled Colleges,” which listed the University of Louisville as No. 9.
The study was done using the college crime data that is available through the U.S. Department of Education. In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act, universities are required to track and submit publicly available crime statistics of reported incidents.
Newsweek looked at four-year nonprofit private colleges and four-year public colleges with more than 6,000 total students. From there, it analyzed the numbers of murders, negligent murders, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, car thefts and arson cases between 2008 and 2010. These crimes were analyzed on a scale based on the idea that not all crimes hold the same weight. Murder, for instance, is weighted 20 times more than burglary. These statistics were then put up against the total enrollment to come up with a percapita ratio. These numbers were used to rank the colleges from 1 to 25.
According to The Daily Beast, U of L reported two murders, 47 robberies, 53 aggravated assaults, 124 burglaries, 62 car thefts and six cases of arson between 2008 and 2010.
The University of Alabama, Huntsville ranked most crime-rattled in the U.S. Other schools on the list include, Yale University, Harvard University, Mississippi State University, University of California in Santa Barbara and Duke University.
“I’m surprised. I guess because I haven’t been exposed to it yet, as a freshman,” said Alyssa Gillenwater, a freshman pre-engineering student, “I feel safe when I walk around U of L, but I guess I wouldn’t expect that much crime to be happening.”
University officials have attributed U of L’s ranking to the death of two young children by a reckless driver, a few years ago.
As of Sept. 1, 2012, the U of L Department of Public Safety has reported 49 incidents in its online crime log since the semester started on August 20. These range from driving under the influence, to stolen property, to criminal mischief and terroristic threatening.
Newsweek’s Top Ten:
10. California State University, Bakersfield
9. University of Louisville
8. University of Connecticut
7. Tennessee State University
6. Morgan State University
5. University of Central Arkansas
4. Northern Illinois University
3. University of San Francisco
2. Johnson & Whales University, Providence
1. University of Alabama, Huntsville
Graphic by Kassie Roberts/The Louisville Cardinal