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2019 American University Crime & Safety Report

Is The American University safe? On this page, we'll examine crime statistics for the college campus and surrounding areas.

What you'll find in our crime and safety report on The American University:

A Word About the Crime Stats for The American University

Types of Crime & Safety Incidents

We have compiled this information on crime statistics from the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Safety and Security data. The types of crimes are divided into the following categories: arrests for major crimes, arrests for possession, violence against women, and disciplinary actions.

The arrests for major crimes category includes arrests for things such as murder, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, and arson. The violence against women grouping includes things such as domestic violence, date rape, and stalking. The arrests for possession classification deals with things such as weapons possession, alcohol violations, and drug violations. The disciplinary actions category involves possession of weapons, alcohol violations, and drug violations in the cases where no arrest occurred but some action was taken.

Number of Incidents

Many colleges and universities report zero incidents in some or all of these categories. In fact, 56% of the schools we cover reported no arrests for major crimes, 67% reported no violence against women, 70% reported no arrests for possession, and 68% reported no disciplinary actions.

While zero reported crimes may seem like a good sign, it does not necessarily indicate that the school has been safer. It may just be that the school doesn't have as strict reporting as others. Similarly, a high number of incidents could indicate that the school is more strict about reporting and law enforcement than other institutions.

The American University Overall Crime Stats

668 Total Number of Incidents
46.65 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, American University reported 668 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students at or near campus or on other properties associated with the school. Since the number of students at the school that year was 14,318, that's 46.65 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 31 1,670 2.17 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 1 880 0.07 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 21 334 1.47 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 615 2,670 42.95 4,574.85

The American University Overall Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of The American University crime and safety incidents by category is shown in the following chart.

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Disciplinary actions account for 92.1% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 0.1% of the crime and safety-related incidents at American University resulted in arrests for possession. About 4.6% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 3.1% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how The American University compares to other colleges and universities in the nation when it comes to each category of crime and safety-related incidents. Note that this does not take school size into account so larger schools are likely to have more incidents.

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The American University Overall Crime by Location

The chart below shows what percentage of The American University crime and safety incidents happened in each location.

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The American University On-Campus Crime Stats

663 Total Number of Incidents
46.31 Incidents per 1000 Students
American University reported 663 safety-related incidents involving students on campus in 2019. Based on a student body population of 14,318, that's 46.31 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 28 1,585 1.96 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 813 0.00 888.89
Violence Against Women 20 331 1.40 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 615 2,645 42.95 4,544.91

The American University On-Campus Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of The American University on-campus crime and safety incidents by category is shown in the following chart.

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The American University Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

4 Total Number of Incidents
0.28 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, American University reported 4 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on affiliated off-campus properties. That works out to 0.28 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 14,318.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 3 164 0.21 333.33
Arrests for Possession 0 64 0.00 111.11
Violence Against Women 1 100 0.07 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 0 144 0.00 305.56

The American University Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of The American University crime and safety incidents by category on affiliated off-campus is shown in the following chart.

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The American University Residence Hall Crime Stats

643 Total Number of Incidents
44.91 Incidents per 1000 Students
American University reported 643 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019 that took place in residence halls. These counts are also included in the on-campus crimes category. That works out to 44.91 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 14,318.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 17 167 1.19 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 11 140 0.77 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 615 2,507 42.95 4,029.94

The American University Residence Hall Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of The American University crime and safety incidents by category in residence halls is shown in the following chart.

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1 Total Number of Incidents
0.07 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, American University reported 1 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on public property in the surrounding Washington neighborhood. Since the number of students at the school that year was 14,318, that's 0.07 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 0 67 0.00 666.67
Arrests for Possession 1 245 0.07 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 0 137 0.00 137.93

The chart below shows what percentage of The American University student-related crime and safety incidents in the Washington neighborhood surrounding the campus are in each category.

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References

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