Catholic University of America

2019 Catholic University of America Crime & Safety Report

Is Catholic University of America 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 CUA:

A Word About the Crime Stats for CUA

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 unusual for institutions to report that no incidents occurred in some 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.

Zero incidents of reported crime may be nice to see, but it does not necessarily mean the school is safer, as 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.

CUA Overall Crime Stats

300 Total Number of Incidents
51.98 Incidents per 1000 Students
Catholic University of America reported 300 safety-related incidents involving students on or near campus or at other properties affiliated with the school in 2019. Since the number of students at the school that year was 5,771, that's 51.98 incidents per 1,000 students.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

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 26 1,670 4.51 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 880 0.00 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 4 334 0.69 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 270 2,670 46.79 4,574.85

CUA Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 90.0% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. About 8.7% 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 CUA 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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CUA Overall Crime by Location

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

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CUA On-Campus Crime Stats

286 Total Number of Incidents
49.56 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Catholic University of America reported 286 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on campus. Since the number of students at the school that year was 5,771, that's 49.56 incidents per 1,000 students.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

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 13 1,585 2.25 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 813 0.00 888.89
Violence Against Women 3 331 0.52 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 270 2,645 46.79 4,544.91

CUA On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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CUA Residence Hall Crime Stats

259 Total Number of Incidents
44.88 Incidents per 1000 Students
Catholic University of America reported 259 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 44.88 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 5,771.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

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 6 167 1.04 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 3 140 0.52 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 250 2,507 43.32 4,029.94

CUA Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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14 Total Number of Incidents
2.43 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Catholic University of America reported 14 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 5,771, that's 2.43 incidents per 1,000 students.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

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 13 67 2.25 666.67
Arrests for Possession 0 245 0.00 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 1 24 0.17 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 0 137 0.00 137.93

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

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References

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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