William & Mary

2019 William & Mary Crime & Safety Report

Is William & Mary safe? Below we'll take a look at crime statistics for the college campus and surrounding areas.

Info in this crime and safety report on William & Mary:

Understanding the Crime Stats for William & Mary

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 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. Likewise, a high number of incidents may just mean that the school is stricter about law enforcement and reporting.

William & Mary Overall Crime Stats

228 Total Number of Incidents
25.99 Incidents per 1000 Students
William & Mary reported 228 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. Since the number of students at the school that year was 8,773, that's 25.99 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 24 1,670 2.74 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 23 880 2.62 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 10 334 1.14 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 171 2,670 19.49 4,574.85

William & Mary Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 75.0% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 10.1% of the crime and safety-related incidents at William & Mary resulted in arrests for possession. About 10.5% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 4.4% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how William & Mary 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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William & Mary Overall Crime by Location

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

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William & Mary On-Campus Crime Stats

214 Total Number of Incidents
24.39 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, William & Mary reported 214 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on campus. Since the number of students at the school that year was 8,773, that's 24.39 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 24 1,585 2.74 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 11 813 1.25 888.89
Violence Against Women 10 331 1.14 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 169 2,645 19.26 4,544.91

William & Mary On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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William & Mary Residence Hall Crime Stats

186 Total Number of Incidents
21.20 Incidents per 1000 Students
William & Mary reported 186 safety-related incidents involving students in residence halls in 2019. Note that these numbers are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Based on a student body population of 8,773, that's 21.20 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 21 167 2.39 101.80
Arrests for Possession 6 715 0.68 180.35
Violence Against Women 7 140 0.80 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 152 2,507 17.33 4,029.94

William & Mary Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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14 Total Number of Incidents
1.60 Incidents per 1000 Students
William & Mary reported 14 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on Williamsburg public property in areas surrounding the campus. Based on a student body population of 8,773, that's 1.60 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 0 67 0.00 666.67
Arrests for Possession 12 245 1.37 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 2 137 0.23 137.93

The percentage breakdown of William & Mary student-related crime and safety incidents by category in the surrounding Williamsburg neighborhood is shown in the following chart.

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References

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