East Carolina University

2019 East Carolina University Crime & Safety Report

Is East Carolina University 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 ECU:

A Word About the Crime Stats for ECU

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.

ECU Overall Crime Stats

689 Total Number of Incidents
24.05 Incidents per 1000 Students
East Carolina University reported 689 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 28,651, that's 24.05 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 61 1,670 2.13 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 222 880 7.75 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 30 334 1.05 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 376 2,670 13.12 4,574.85

ECU Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 54.6% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 32.2% of the crime and safety-related incidents at East Carolina University resulted in arrests for possession. About 8.9% 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 ECU 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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ECU Overall Crime by Location

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

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ECU On-Campus Crime Stats

638 Total Number of Incidents
22.27 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, East Carolina University reported 638 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on campus. That works out to 22.27 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 28,651.

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 60 1,585 2.09 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 176 813 6.14 888.89
Violence Against Women 30 331 1.05 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 372 2,645 12.98 4,544.91

ECU On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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ECU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

12 Total Number of Incidents
0.42 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, East Carolina University reported 12 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on affiliated off-campus properties. Based on a student body population of 28,651, that's 0.42 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 0 164 0.00 333.33
Arrests for Possession 9 64 0.31 111.11
Violence Against Women 0 100 0.00 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 3 144 0.10 305.56

ECU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

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

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ECU Residence Hall Crime Stats

524 Total Number of Incidents
18.29 Incidents per 1000 Students
East Carolina University reported 524 safety-related incidents involving students in residence halls in 2019. These counts are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Based on a student body population of 28,651, that's 18.29 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 47 167 1.64 101.80
Arrests for Possession 115 715 4.01 180.35
Violence Against Women 17 140 0.59 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 345 2,507 12.04 4,029.94

ECU Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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39 Total Number of Incidents
1.36 Incidents per 1000 Students
East Carolina University reported 39 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on Greenville public property in areas surrounding the campus. That works out to 1.36 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 28,651.

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 1 67 0.03 666.67
Arrests for Possession 37 245 1.29 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 1 137 0.03 137.93

The percentage breakdown of ECU student-related crime and safety incidents by category in the surrounding Greenville neighborhood is shown in the following chart.

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References

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