George Washington University

2019 George Washington University Crime & Safety Report

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

Info in this crime and safety report on GWU:

Understanding the Crime Stats for GWU

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

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. Similarly, a high number of incidents could indicate that the school is more strict about reporting and law enforcement than other institutions.

GWU Overall Crime Stats

485 Total Number of Incidents
17.44 Incidents per 1000 Students
George Washington University reported 485 safety-related incidents involving students on or near campus or at other properties affiliated with the school in 2019. Based on a student body population of 27,814, that's 17.44 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 51 1,670 1.83 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 11 880 0.40 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 35 334 1.26 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 388 2,670 13.95 4,574.85

GWU Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 80.0% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 2.3% of the crime and safety-related incidents at George Washington University resulted in arrests for possession. About 10.5% 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 GWU 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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GWU Overall Crime by Location

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

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GWU On-Campus Crime Stats

473 Total Number of Incidents
17.01 Incidents per 1000 Students
George Washington University reported 473 safety-related incidents involving students on campus in 2019. That works out to 17.01 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 27,814.

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 48 1,585 1.73 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 7 813 0.25 888.89
Violence Against Women 32 331 1.15 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 386 2,645 13.88 4,544.91

GWU On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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GWU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

2 Total Number of Incidents
0.07 Incidents per 1000 Students
George Washington University reported 2 safety-related incidents involving students on affiliated off-campus properties in 2019. Since the number of students at the school that year was 27,814, that's 0.07 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 0 164 0.00 333.33
Arrests for Possession 1 64 0.04 111.11
Violence Against Women 1 100 0.04 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 0 144 0.00 305.56

GWU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

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

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GWU Residence Hall Crime Stats

430 Total Number of Incidents
15.46 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, George Washington University reported 430 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students in residence halls. These counts are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Since the number of students at the school that year was 27,814, that's 15.46 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 31 167 1.11 101.80
Arrests for Possession 4 715 0.14 180.35
Violence Against Women 20 140 0.72 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 375 2,507 13.48 4,029.94

GWU Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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10 Total Number of Incidents
0.36 Incidents per 1000 Students
George Washington University reported 10 safety-related incidents involving students on public property in the Washington neighborhood around the campus in 2019. Based on a student body population of 27,814, that's 0.36 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 0.11 666.67
Arrests for Possession 3 245 0.11 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 2 24 0.07 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 2 137 0.07 137.93

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

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References

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