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Where does Michigan State rank for on-campus crime?

The public university of Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan, is well-known for its excellent academic offerings and its highly ranked football program. Its rankings with respect to on-campus crime, however, are not so stellar.

As a large school with more than 50,000 students, a certain amount of crime must be expected, especially if you lump in traditional college issues like underage beer drinking. However, on-campus crime includes darker, more serious problems that affect the university's overall safety record.

A look at the stats

In 2016, the United States Department of Education provided data regarding criminal offenses at Michigan State from 2013 to 2015. During that time period, the crimes and number of incidents reported were as follows:

  • Liquor Law Violation - 1,941
  • Drug Law Violation - 626
  • Burglary - 277
  • Motor Vehicle Theft - 102
  • Forcible Sex Offense - 55
  • Aggravated Assault - 28

Far-reaching consequences

Both criminal charges and civil sanctions are in play for many campus crimes. Student accused of a crime could be looking at expulsion from the university, plus loss of scholarship and any tuition they have paid. Career opportunities may well be in jeopardy and there is, of course, the possibility of imprisonment

Safety considerations

Parents of college-age children are always concerned that certain problematic situations may arise. Even in low-crime areas, students may find themselves in circumstances that are not safe. Because of the statistics detailed above, Michigan State's safety ranking was average to low compared to other universities.

Michigan State is an acclaimed institution of higher learning, and all students have a right to enjoy a safe and productive educational experience while enrolled there. Parents should take time to get to know not only what policies are in place to help protect their kids on campus, but also what kind of penalties are likely for students who receive an accusation of campus crimes. These are questions that both attorneys and college administrators can answer. 


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