University Safe Communities

Making Colleges and Universities Safer

  • Our university prioritizes safety
  • Our university has a team on campus working to keep students, visitors and staff safe
  • Our university administers effective strategies to keep our campus safe

When parents of high school and college students were asked to rank which factors were most important to them when choosing a college for their student, the most important factor was a safe environment (74.5%). Unfortunately, only one-third (34%) of college students report feeling very safe on their college campus at night.

Leading colleges and universities understand the need to effectively communicate with students, faculty and staff about safety issues and prepare them for unexpected incidents and emergencies.

By the Numbers

  • More than 20 million students attend American colleges and universities, according to the U.S. Department of Education
  • Nearly 60% of college students surveyed drank alcohol in the previous month, and every year nearly 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related injuries
  • In 2014, almost 34,000 pedestrians between the ages of 18 and 24 were injured in a traffic crash

How Can You Make Your Campus Safer?

Safe Communities America®, an accreditation program, recognizes U.S. communities and universities committed to improving safety. The Safe Communities model, an international approach to injury prevention, creates safer environments for students to succeed and thrive.

Accreditation requires universities to build campus-wide partnerships to understand how individuals get hurt, develop plans to address safety issues that impact students, faculty and staff, and measure progress. University Safe Communities are making a difference on their campuses:

  • Faculty and staff: Reducing average total number of days away from work by 60%
  • Students: Implementing injury prevention programs that reduce injuries from student recreational activities by nearly 40%
  • University community: Working to prevent opioid-related deaths through the distribution of 4,000 naloxone kits, with another 8,000 planned to be distributed in six months

Benefits of Becoming an Accredited Safe Community

More than 95,000 university students, faculty and staff are living, working and studying in a Safe Community. Joining the movement provides:

  • National recognition for your commitment to campus safety
  • Access to a growing network of universities sharing ideas and resources to reduce injuries
  • Leveraged and streamlined campus resources
  • Access to an interdisciplinary group of experts to help implement, measure and share your success

Accredited University Safe Communities

Members of the Safe Communities America network are leaders in promoting safety and preventing injury. Each has made a commitment to ensure their community is a safe place to live, work and visit. The following universities are currently accredited Safe Communities:

See the full list of accredited Safe Communities here. This list is growing all the time as new communities join the movement to Keep Each Other Safe.

Ready to Make Your Campus Safer?

Download this brochure to get a conversation started about turning your university into a Safe Community.

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