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Louisiana Tech named safest university in state

(Source: KNOE)
(Source: KNOE)(KNOE)
Published: May. 5, 2020 at 1:50 AM CDT
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Louisiana Tech has been recently named the safest university in Louisiana, according to

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“I don’t know if there was ever a time I ever felt unsafe just walking across campus,” Madison Kaufman says.

Being a Ruston native, the graduate student says it was an easy choice to start her college career as a bulldog. She says Louisiana Tech offered her major, helped save the most money and also provided that safe community environment she was looking for.

That’s something her friend Emilie Barnes agrees with. “Living on campus my first year, I lived in a dorm, and I’d walk around in the evenings and never really felt unsafe or anything,” Barnes says.

“We truly believe that the students who live on campus are in the safest environment they can be,” says Dickie Crawford, Louisiana Tech associate vice president for student advancement.

Crawford says it starts at the top with university and local law enforcement officials with monthly meetings. “They can share intel. We can talk about what’s going on in the community and what they’re dealing with,” Crawford says. “So, they’re communicating and working together to solve problems.”

Crawford says they have more than 100 cameras working across campus, and they also have countless resources to keep campus police connected with students and faculty.

He says officers also connect face-to-face too. “They’re willing to get out in the community and getting to know the students and getting to know the faculty and staff by name. So, they build those relationships that build a strong, safe campus environment.”

Crawford says campus safety “is always going to be at the forefront of everything we do and plan for in making sure we continue that.”

According to the website, data came from the U.S. Department of Education and the FBI’s 2018 Uniform Crime Report. Only public, private and non-profit institutions with at least 5,000 students offering two or four-year degrees were eligible.

Overall crime scores for each school were calculated based on these factors:

• Violent crimes per 10,000 people

• Property crimes per 10,000 people

• Hate crimes per 10,000 people

• Number of Violent Against Women Act (VAWA) offenses per 10,000 people