Governors State University

2019 Governors State University Crime & Safety Report

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

What you'll find in our crime and safety report on GSU:

A Word About the Crime Stats for GSU

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.

GSU Overall Crime Stats

21 Total Number of Incidents
4.39 Incidents per 1000 Students
Governors State University reported 21 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 4,789, that's 4.39 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 1 1,670 0.21 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 880 0.00 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 3 334 0.63 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 17 2,670 3.55 4,574.85

GSU Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 81.0% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. About 4.8% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 14.3% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how GSU 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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We can factor in the size of the school and look at the incidents per thousand students as well.

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GSU Overall Crime by Location

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

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GSU On-Campus Crime Stats

21 Total Number of Incidents
4.39 Incidents per 1000 Students
Governors State University reported 21 safety-related incidents involving students on campus in 2019. Since the number of students at the school that year was 4,789, that's 4.39 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 1 1,585 0.21 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 813 0.00 888.89
Violence Against Women 3 331 0.63 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 17 2,645 3.55 4,544.91

GSU On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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GSU Residence Hall Crime Stats

21 Total Number of Incidents
4.39 Incidents per 1000 Students
Governors State University reported 21 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 4,789, that's 4.39 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 1 167 0.21 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 3 140 0.63 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 17 2,507 3.55 4,029.94

GSU Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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References

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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