CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A recent study has named Coastal Carolina University as one of the most dangerous universities in the United States.
The study conducted by Insurify ranked CCU 15th for violent crime among university campuses with over 10,000 students. The University of California, Santa Barbara was named the most dangerous.
Public data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports was used to determine the rankings.
CCU released the following statement to WMBF News:
“First and foremost, we refute the findings in the study you have referenced. In our view, it is highly misleading and does not account for certain key factors such as the location of our campus and the excellent work of our police.
The numbers in the annual FBI crime report are not a reflection of higher crime rates on our campus, but rather the University’s commitment to reporting and solving crime.
Coastal Carolina University is located in between multiple law enforcement jurisdictions. As a result, CCU is a primary responder to criminal activity in surrounding areas not on our campus and often not involving our students. Consequently, our reports of criminal activities include incidents that would not be reported otherwise.
CCU is exceptionally diligent in the reporting crime and enforcing the law on our campus, the campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College (which is contiguous to CCU), and in housing communities adjacent to our campus. This diligence demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the safest possible atmosphere for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.
CCU’s dedicated and highly capable law enforcement team is expertly trained, employing state-of-the-art technology including camera systems, license tag readers, and investigation techniques to ensure that all crimes are reported and laws are enforced. As the metropolitan area in which we are located continues to grow rapidly, CCU will continue striving to implement innovative strategies to safeguard our campus.”