Bluffton University

2019 Bluffton University Crime & Safety Report

Is Bluffton 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 Bluffton:

A Word About the Crime Stats for Bluffton

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.

Bluffton Overall Crime Stats

31 Total Number of Incidents
40.36 Incidents per 1000 Students
Bluffton University reported 31 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place at or near campus or on other properties affiliated with the school. Based on a student body population of 768, that's 40.36 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 2 1,670 2.60 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 880 0.00 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 1 334 1.30 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 28 2,670 36.46 4,574.85

Bluffton Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 90.3% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. About 6.5% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 3.2% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how Bluffton 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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Bluffton Overall Crime by Location

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

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Bluffton On-Campus Crime Stats

31 Total Number of Incidents
40.36 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Bluffton University reported 31 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on campus. Based on a student body population of 768, that's 40.36 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 2 1,585 2.60 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 813 0.00 888.89
Violence Against Women 1 331 1.30 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 28 2,645 36.46 4,544.91

Bluffton On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Bluffton Residence Hall Crime Stats

28 Total Number of Incidents
36.46 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Bluffton University reported 28 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 768, that's 36.46 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 2 167 2.60 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 1 140 1.30 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 25 2,507 32.55 4,029.94

Bluffton Residence Hall Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of Bluffton 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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