University Of North Dakota Listed In Top 25 “Most Crime Rattled Colleges”

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I don’t think UND will be putting this accomplishment in their student brochure.

The Daily Beast surveyed 500 universities nation wide for crime statistics and produced a list of the top 25 worst colleges. Coming in at 23 is the University of North Dakota.

Here’s how the came up with the rankings:

We looked at four-year nonprofit private colleges and four-year public colleges with more than 6,000 total students, taking into account the numbers for each school’s primary campus and auxiliary campuses in the same metro area as the main campus. Our final dataset included more than 500 universities. The crimes we considered were: murder, negligent murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, car theft, and arson. Because not all crimes are the same, we devised a subjective weighting system based on crime severity. Burglary established our low-end baseline for weighting; car theft was weighted twice as much as burglary; assault and robbery, six times as much as burglary; arson and negligent manslaughter, 10 times as much as burglary; and murder, 20 times as much as burglary.

In addition to weighting, we considered each crime against total enrollment, to come up with a per-capita ratio. Finally, each per-capita ratio was compared to the overall cohort of more than 500 schools—to take into account whether each school’s per-capita ratio for each crime was relatively high or low—to determine our final list of America’s Most Crime-Rattled Colleges.

According to the article, between 2008 and 2010 the University of North Dakota had 1 negligent homicide, 10 aggravated assaults, 51 burglaries, 6 car thefts and 2 cases of arson.

That’s a whole lot of crime for a small campus in a small North Dakota city.

But remember, according to North Dakota’s new chancellor of higher education, North Dakota’s university system “doesn’t need fixing.”

Rob Port

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