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UALR safest, stats say

Submitted by Kwami K. Kwami on November 15, 2011 – 6:22 pmOne Comment

The unsolved murder of Patricia Garcia Guardado has given rise to campus security concerns throughout the community.  Students, faculty, staff and administration alike are discussing ways to make UALR a safer place to work, live and learn.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990, codified as Title 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), requires all educational institutions participating in the federal student financial aid program to compile and publish annual reports detailing the on-campus criminal activity that is reported to campus authorities.

UALR is the only campus in Little Rock that has made readily available to the public its reports for 2009 and 2010.  The latest report released by Pulaski Tech College (PTC) is its 2007 and 2008 reports. Three other schools within the University of Arkansas system publish their reports on their websites: UA-Fayetteville (UAF), UA-Fort Smith (UAFS), and UA-Monticello (UAM).  The University of Central Arkansas (UCA), Southern Arkansas University (SAU) and the College of the Ouachitas (OTC) round out those campuses within the state that provide Internet access to this information.
Out of all these schools, OTC is the only school that has no documented criminal activity over the last two years.  PTC also fit this category in 2007.  However, it documented one robbery, one burglary, and one aggravated assault in 2008.

According to the raw data on crimes that involved violence to people, UALR and UAFS appear to be the safest campuses in the UA system, while UALR and UAM share the distinction of being the safest in terms of crimes involving property.

UAF and UCA are statistically the least safe university campuses in the state according to raw data.  However, these assumptions may very well change when the number of crimes is reported as a population ratio.

No college or university within the state of Arkansas has reported any incidents of murder or manslaughter. Only UAFS has dealt with cases of sexual assault that was not forced.  And, only UAF has dealt with an occurrence of arson.

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