Eastern Illinois University

2019 Eastern Illinois University Crime & Safety Report

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

Info in this crime and safety report on EIU:

Understanding the Crime Stats for EIU

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.

EIU Overall Crime Stats

83 Total Number of Incidents
10.63 Incidents per 1000 Students
Eastern Illinois University reported 83 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 7,806, that's 10.63 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 21 1,670 2.69 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 2 880 0.26 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 6 334 0.77 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 54 2,670 6.92 4,574.85

EIU Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 65.1% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 2.4% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Eastern Illinois University resulted in arrests for possession. About 25.3% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 7.2% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how EIU 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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EIU Overall Crime by Location

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

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EIU On-Campus Crime Stats

81 Total Number of Incidents
10.38 Incidents per 1000 Students
Eastern Illinois University reported 81 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on campus. That works out to 10.38 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 7,806.

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 19 1,585 2.43 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 2 813 0.26 888.89
Violence Against Women 6 331 0.77 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 54 2,645 6.92 4,544.91

EIU On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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EIU Residence Hall Crime Stats

67 Total Number of Incidents
8.58 Incidents per 1000 Students
Eastern Illinois University reported 67 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019 that took place in residence halls. These counts are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Based on a student body population of 7,806, that's 8.58 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 12 167 1.54 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 3 140 0.38 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 52 2,507 6.66 4,029.94

EIU Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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2 Total Number of Incidents
0.26 Incidents per 1000 Students
Eastern Illinois University reported 2 safety-related incidents involving students on public property in the Charleston neighborhood around the campus in 2019. That works out to 0.26 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 7,806.

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 2 67 0.26 666.67
Arrests for Possession 0 245 0.00 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 0 137 0.00 137.93

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

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References

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