Colby College

2019 Colby College Crime & Safety Report

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

Info in this crime and safety report on Colby:

A Word About the Crime Stats for Colby

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.

Colby Overall Crime Stats

153 Total Number of Incidents
76.39 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Colby College reported 153 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students at or near campus or on other properties associated with the school. That works out to 76.39 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 2,003.

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 21 1,670 10.48 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 880 0.00 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 4 334 2.00 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 128 2,670 63.90 4,574.85

Colby Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 83.7% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. About 13.7% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 2.6% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how Colby 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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Colby Overall Crime by Location

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

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Colby On-Campus Crime Stats

153 Total Number of Incidents
76.39 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Colby College reported 153 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on campus. That works out to 76.39 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 2,003.

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 21 1,585 10.48 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 813 0.00 888.89
Violence Against Women 4 331 2.00 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 128 2,645 63.90 4,544.91

Colby On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Colby Residence Hall Crime Stats

130 Total Number of Incidents
64.90 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Colby College reported 130 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students in residence halls. These counts are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Since the number of students at the school that year was 2,003, that's 64.90 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 10 167 4.99 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 3 140 1.50 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 117 2,507 58.41 4,029.94

Colby Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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References

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