East Tennessee State University

2019 East Tennessee State University Crime & Safety Report

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

Our crime and safety report on ETSU includes:

Understanding the Crime Stats for ETSU

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.

ETSU Overall Crime Stats

125 Total Number of Incidents
8.81 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, East Tennessee State University reported 125 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 14,191, that's 8.81 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 9 1,670 0.63 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 68 880 4.79 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 7 334 0.49 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 41 2,670 2.89 4,574.85

ETSU Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 32.8% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 54.4% of the crime and safety-related incidents at East Tennessee State University resulted in arrests for possession. About 7.2% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 5.6% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how ETSU 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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ETSU Overall Crime by Location

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

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ETSU On-Campus Crime Stats

103 Total Number of Incidents
7.26 Incidents per 1000 Students
East Tennessee State University reported 103 safety-related incidents involving students on campus in 2019. Since the number of students at the school that year was 14,191, that's 7.26 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 7 1,585 0.49 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 49 813 3.45 888.89
Violence Against Women 7 331 0.49 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 40 2,645 2.82 4,544.91

ETSU On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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ETSU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

7 Total Number of Incidents
0.49 Incidents per 1000 Students
East Tennessee State University reported 7 safety-related incidents involving students on affiliated off-campus properties in 2019. Based on a student body population of 14,191, that's 0.49 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 1 164 0.07 333.33
Arrests for Possession 6 64 0.42 111.11
Violence Against Women 0 100 0.00 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 0 144 0.00 305.56

ETSU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

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

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ETSU Residence Hall Crime Stats

90 Total Number of Incidents
6.34 Incidents per 1000 Students
East Tennessee State University reported 90 safety-related incidents involving students in residence halls in 2019. Note that these numbers are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Since the number of students at the school that year was 14,191, that's 6.34 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 6 167 0.42 101.80
Arrests for Possession 41 715 2.89 180.35
Violence Against Women 3 140 0.21 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 40 2,507 2.82 4,029.94

ETSU Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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15 Total Number of Incidents
1.06 Incidents per 1000 Students
East Tennessee State University reported 15 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on Johnson City public property in areas surrounding the campus. That works out to 1.06 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 14,191.

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 1 67 0.07 666.67
Arrests for Possession 13 245 0.92 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 1 137 0.07 137.93

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

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References

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