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DSU named safest SD campus

April 10, 2017

Dakota State University has been named the safest college campus in South Dakota by the ADT affiliate YourLocalSecurity.com.Dakota State University has been named the safest college campus in South Dakota by the ADT affiliate YourLocalSecurity.com.

“Personal safety is a major concern for many prospective students when considering where to attend college,” said Greg Jensen, Safety Director for YourLocalSecurity. “That’s why we wanted to provide the first comprehensive list ranking colleges by state, and not just on a national level.”

The home security provider collected data from the FBI and U.S. Department of Education, and also looked at programs designed to provide on-campus protection. Crimes reported by the universities were placed into three main categories: violent crime, property crime, and violence against women. Each was weighted by severity to give a total crime score, which was then divided by the school’s enrollment to produce a per-capita score.

The city of Madison was recently deemed the safest South Dakota city by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.