Furman University

2019 Furman University Crime & Safety Report

Is Furman 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 Furman:

Understanding the Crime Stats for Furman

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.

Furman Overall Crime Stats

277 Total Number of Incidents
97.95 Incidents per 1000 Students
Furman University reported 277 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 2,828, that's 97.95 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 20 1,670 7.07 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 6 880 2.12 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 6 334 2.12 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 245 2,670 86.63 4,574.85

Furman Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 88.4% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 2.2% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Furman University resulted in arrests for possession. About 7.2% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 2.2% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how Furman 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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Furman Overall Crime by Location

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

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Furman On-Campus Crime Stats

276 Total Number of Incidents
97.60 Incidents per 1000 Students
Furman University reported 276 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on campus. Since the number of students at the school that year was 2,828, that's 97.60 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 20 1,585 7.07 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 5 813 1.77 888.89
Violence Against Women 6 331 2.12 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 245 2,645 86.63 4,544.91

Furman On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Furman Residence Hall Crime Stats

247 Total Number of Incidents
87.34 Incidents per 1000 Students
Furman University reported 247 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 2,828, that's 87.34 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 13 167 4.60 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 3 140 1.06 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 231 2,507 81.68 4,029.94

Furman Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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1 Total Number of Incidents
0.35 Incidents per 1000 Students
Furman University reported 1 safety-related incidents involving students on public property in the Greenville neighborhood around the campus in 2019. That works out to 0.35 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 2,828.

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 1 245 0.35 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 0 137 0.00 137.93

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

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References

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