College of the Holy Cross

2019 College of the Holy Cross Crime & Safety Report

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

Info in this crime and safety report on Holy Cross:

A Word About the Crime Stats for Holy Cross

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.

Holy Cross Overall Crime Stats

309 Total Number of Incidents
104.29 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, College of the Holy Cross reported 309 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 2,963, that's 104.29 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 1,670 3.37 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 880 0.00 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 6 334 2.02 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 293 2,670 98.89 4,574.85

Holy Cross Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 94.8% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. About 3.2% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 1.9% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how Holy Cross 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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Holy Cross Overall Crime by Location

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

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Holy Cross On-Campus Crime Stats

263 Total Number of Incidents
88.76 Incidents per 1000 Students
College of the Holy Cross reported 263 safety-related incidents involving students on campus in 2019. Since the number of students at the school that year was 2,963, that's 88.76 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 7 1,585 2.36 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 813 0.00 888.89
Violence Against Women 5 331 1.69 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 251 2,645 84.71 4,544.91

Holy Cross On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Holy Cross Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

16 Total Number of Incidents
5.40 Incidents per 1000 Students
College of the Holy Cross reported 16 safety-related incidents involving students on affiliated off-campus properties in 2019. Since the number of students at the school that year was 2,963, that's 5.40 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 3 164 1.01 333.33
Arrests for Possession 0 64 0.00 111.11
Violence Against Women 1 100 0.34 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 12 144 4.05 305.56

Holy Cross Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of Holy Cross crime and safety incidents on affiliated off-campus properties are in each category.

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Holy Cross Residence Hall Crime Stats

259 Total Number of Incidents
87.41 Incidents per 1000 Students
College of the Holy Cross reported 259 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 87.41 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 2,963.

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 4 167 1.35 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 4 140 1.35 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 251 2,507 84.71 4,029.94

Holy Cross Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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30 Total Number of Incidents
10.12 Incidents per 1000 Students
College of the Holy Cross reported 30 safety-related incidents involving students on public property in the Worcester neighborhood around the campus in 2019. Since the number of students at the school that year was 2,963, that's 10.12 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 0 67 0.00 666.67
Arrests for Possession 0 245 0.00 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 30 137 10.12 137.93

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

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References

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