Bennington College

2019 Bennington College Crime & Safety Report

Is Bennington safe? Below we'll take a look at crime statistics for the college campus and surrounding areas.

What you'll find in our crime and safety report on Bennington:

Understanding the Crime Stats for Bennington

Crime & Safety Definitions

Our crime statistics come from the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Safety and Security data. The four types of crimes we will be analyzing are violence against women, arrests for major crimes, arrests for possession, and disciplinary actions.

Murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and arson are the types of things included in the arrests for major crimes category. 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

It is not uncommon for a school to report zero incidents for any 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.

Although zero incidents of reported crime is nice, it doesn't necessarily mean that the school is safer. It could indicate lax reporting. Likewise, a high number of incidents may just mean that the school is stricter about law enforcement and reporting.

Bennington Overall Crime Stats

79 Total Number of Incidents
95.64 Incidents per 1000 Students
Bennington College reported 79 safety-related incidents involving students on or near campus or at other properties affiliated with the school in 2019. Based on a student body population of 826, that's 95.64 incidents per 1,000 students.

The table below gives the number of incidents by category, and for comparision, also states the max number of incidents reported by any school in our analysis.

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 4 1,670 4.84 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 880 0.00 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 1 334 1.21 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 74 2,670 89.59 4,574.85

Bennington Overall Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of Bennington crime and safety incidents are in each category.

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Disciplinary actions account for 93.7% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. About 5.1% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 1.3% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how Bennington 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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Bennington Overall Crime by Location

The percentage breakdown of Bennington crime and safety incidents by location is shown in the following chart.

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Bennington On-Campus Crime Stats

79 Total Number of Incidents
95.64 Incidents per 1000 Students
Bennington College reported 79 safety-related incidents involving students on campus in 2019. Based on a student body population of 826, that's 95.64 incidents per 1,000 students.

The table below gives the number of incidents by category, and for comparision, also states the max number of incidents reported by any school in our analysis.

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 4 1,585 4.84 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 813 0.00 888.89
Violence Against Women 1 331 1.21 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 74 2,645 89.59 4,544.91

Bennington On-Campus Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of Bennington on-campus crime and safety incidents are in each category.

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Bennington Residence Hall Crime Stats

64 Total Number of Incidents
77.48 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Bennington College reported 64 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students in residence halls. Note that these numbers are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Based on a student body population of 826, that's 77.48 incidents per 1,000 students.

The table below gives the number of incidents by category, and for comparision, also states the max number of incidents reported by any school in our analysis.

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 1 167 1.21 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 1 140 1.21 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 62 2,507 75.06 4,029.94

Bennington Residence Hall Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of Bennington crime and safety incidents in residence halls are in each category.

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References

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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