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2019 Buena Vista University Crime & Safety Report

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

Info in this crime and safety report on BVU:

Understanding the Crime Stats for BVU

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

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. Similarly, a high number of incidents could indicate that the school is more strict about reporting and law enforcement than other institutions.

BVU Overall Crime Stats

71 Total Number of Incidents
39.12 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Buena Vista University reported 71 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students at or near campus or on other properties associated with the school. Based on a student body population of 1,815, that's 39.12 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 9 1,670 4.96 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 14 880 7.71 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 11 334 6.06 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 37 2,670 20.39 4,574.85

BVU Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 52.1% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 19.7% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Buena Vista University resulted in arrests for possession. About 12.7% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 15.5% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how BVU 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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We can factor in the size of the school and look at the incidents per thousand students as well.

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BVU Overall Crime by Location

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

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BVU On-Campus Crime Stats

68 Total Number of Incidents
37.47 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Buena Vista University reported 68 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on campus. Based on a student body population of 1,815, that's 37.47 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 9 1,585 4.96 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 11 813 6.06 888.89
Violence Against Women 11 331 6.06 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 37 2,645 20.39 4,544.91

BVU On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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BVU Residence Hall Crime Stats

55 Total Number of Incidents
30.30 Incidents per 1000 Students
Buena Vista University reported 55 safety-related incidents involving students in residence halls in 2019. These counts are also included in the on-campus crimes category. That works out to 30.30 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 1,815.

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 7 167 3.86 101.80
Arrests for Possession 4 715 2.20 180.35
Violence Against Women 10 140 5.51 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 34 2,507 18.73 4,029.94

BVU Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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3 Total Number of Incidents
1.65 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Buena Vista University reported 3 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on public property in the surrounding Storm Lake neighborhood. Since the number of students at the school that year was 1,815, that's 1.65 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 0 67 0.00 666.67
Arrests for Possession 3 245 1.65 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 BVU student-related crime and safety incidents in the Storm Lake neighborhood surrounding the campus are in each category.

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References

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