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2019 Florida State University Crime & Safety Report

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

Our crime and safety report on Florida State includes:

A Word About the Crime Stats for Florida State

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

Many colleges and universities report zero incidents in some 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.

While zero reported crimes may seem like a good sign, it does not necessarily indicate that the school has been safer. It may just be that the school doesn't have as strict reporting as others. Likewise, a high number of incidents may just mean that the school is stricter about law enforcement and reporting.

Florida State Overall Crime Stats

471 Total Number of Incidents
11.10 Incidents per 1000 Students
Florida State University reported 471 safety-related incidents involving students on or near campus or at other properties affiliated with the school in 2019. That works out to 11.10 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 42,450.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

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 73 1,670 1.72 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 161 880 3.79 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 19 334 0.45 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 218 2,670 5.14 4,574.85

Florida State Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 46.3% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 34.2% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Florida State University resulted in arrests for possession. About 15.5% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 4.0% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how Florida State 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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Florida State Overall Crime by Location

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

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Florida State On-Campus Crime Stats

417 Total Number of Incidents
9.82 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Florida State University reported 417 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on campus. Based on a student body population of 42,450, that's 9.82 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

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 1,585 1.44 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 121 813 2.85 888.89
Violence Against Women 17 331 0.40 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 218 2,645 5.14 4,544.91

Florida State On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Florida State Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

15 Total Number of Incidents
0.35 Incidents per 1000 Students
Florida State University reported 15 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on affiliated off-campus properties. Since the number of students at the school that year was 42,450, that's 0.35 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

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 9 164 0.21 333.33
Arrests for Possession 6 64 0.14 111.11
Violence Against Women 0 100 0.00 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 0 144 0.00 305.56

Florida State Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Florida State Residence Hall Crime Stats

264 Total Number of Incidents
6.22 Incidents per 1000 Students
Florida State University reported 264 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019 that took place in residence halls. Note that these numbers are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Since the number of students at the school that year was 42,450, that's 6.22 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

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 7 167 0.16 101.80
Arrests for Possession 34 715 0.80 180.35
Violence Against Women 5 140 0.12 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 218 2,507 5.14 4,029.94

Florida State Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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39 Total Number of Incidents
0.92 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Florida State University reported 39 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on public property in the surrounding Tallahassee neighborhood. Based on a student body population of 42,450, that's 0.92 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

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 67 0.07 666.67
Arrests for Possession 34 245 0.80 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 2 24 0.05 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 0 137 0.00 137.93

The chart below shows what percentage of Florida State student-related crime and safety incidents in the Tallahassee neighborhood surrounding the campus are in each category.

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References

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