Illinois State University

2019 Illinois State University Crime & Safety Report

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

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

A Word About the Crime Stats for Illinois State

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

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

Illinois State Overall Crime Stats

1,652 Total Number of Incidents
79.13 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Illinois State University reported 1,652 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students at or near campus or on other properties associated with the school. Based on a student body population of 20,878, that's 79.13 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 40 1,670 1.92 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 59 880 2.83 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 20 334 0.96 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 1,533 2,670 73.43 4,574.85

Illinois State Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 92.8% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 3.6% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Illinois State University resulted in arrests for possession. About 2.4% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 1.2% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

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

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

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Illinois State On-Campus Crime Stats

1,509 Total Number of Incidents
72.28 Incidents per 1000 Students
Illinois State University reported 1,509 safety-related incidents involving students on campus in 2019. Since the number of students at the school that year was 20,878, that's 72.28 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 32 1,585 1.53 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 45 813 2.16 888.89
Violence Against Women 19 331 0.91 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 1,413 2,645 67.68 4,544.91

Illinois State On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Illinois State Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

16 Total Number of Incidents
0.77 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Illinois State University reported 16 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on affiliated off-campus properties. Since the number of students at the school that year was 20,878, that's 0.77 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 7 164 0.34 333.33
Arrests for Possession 0 64 0.00 111.11
Violence Against Women 1 100 0.05 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 8 144 0.38 305.56

Illinois State Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Illinois State Residence Hall Crime Stats

1,419 Total Number of Incidents
67.97 Incidents per 1000 Students
Illinois State University reported 1,419 safety-related incidents involving students in residence halls in 2019. These counts are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Since the number of students at the school that year was 20,878, that's 67.97 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 27 167 1.29 101.80
Arrests for Possession 33 715 1.58 180.35
Violence Against Women 11 140 0.53 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 1,348 2,507 64.57 4,029.94

Illinois State Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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127 Total Number of Incidents
6.08 Incidents per 1000 Students
Illinois State University reported 127 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on Normal public property in areas surrounding the campus. Since the number of students at the school that year was 20,878, that's 6.08 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 1 67 0.05 666.67
Arrests for Possession 14 245 0.67 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 112 137 5.36 137.93

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

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References

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