Howard University

2019 Howard University Crime & Safety Report

Is Howard University 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 Howard:

A Word About the Crime Stats for Howard

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 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. Likewise, a high number of incidents may just mean that the school is stricter about law enforcement and reporting.

Howard Overall Crime Stats

351 Total Number of Incidents
37.34 Incidents per 1000 Students
Howard University reported 351 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 9,399, that's 37.34 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 38 1,670 4.04 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 880 0.00 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 85 334 9.04 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 228 2,670 24.26 4,574.85

Howard Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 65.0% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. About 10.8% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 24.2% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how Howard 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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Howard Overall Crime by Location

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

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Howard On-Campus Crime Stats

326 Total Number of Incidents
34.68 Incidents per 1000 Students
Howard University reported 326 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on campus. Based on a student body population of 9,399, that's 34.68 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 34 1,585 3.62 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 0 813 0.00 888.89
Violence Against Women 64 331 6.81 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 228 2,645 24.26 4,544.91

Howard On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Howard Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

8 Total Number of Incidents
0.85 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Howard University reported 8 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on affiliated off-campus properties. That works out to 0.85 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 9,399.

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 1 164 0.11 333.33
Arrests for Possession 0 64 0.00 111.11
Violence Against Women 7 100 0.74 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 0 144 0.00 305.56

Howard Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Howard Residence Hall Crime Stats

53 Total Number of Incidents
5.64 Incidents per 1000 Students
Howard University reported 53 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 9,399, that's 5.64 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 10 167 1.06 101.80
Arrests for Possession 0 715 0.00 180.35
Violence Against Women 43 140 4.57 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 0 2,507 0.00 4,029.94

Howard Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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17 Total Number of Incidents
1.81 Incidents per 1000 Students
Howard University reported 17 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on Washington public property in areas surrounding the campus. That works out to 1.81 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 9,399.

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 3 67 0.32 666.67
Arrests for Possession 0 245 0.00 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 14 24 1.49 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 0 137 0.00 137.93

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

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References

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