Two Sullivan Foundation partner schools—the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky and Campbell University in North Carolina—have been ranked among the safest college campuses in the country.
Nuwber Research compiled the listing using data provided by the U.S. Department of Education and the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting.
In a separate study, the University of the Cumberlands has also been recognized as the safest campus in Kentucky and fourth-safest nationwide by Your Local Security. That study used data from the Department of Education and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.
“If a school is truly committed to its students—to helping its young people succeed in all facets of life—then it will do all it can to meet the basic need of student safety,” Dr. Emily Coleman, vice president of student services at Cumberlands, said in a press release. “The leadership at Cumberlands has done what it can to provide a safe environment for our students to thrive. We’re glad to see those efforts making a positive impact across campus.”
Those efforts included installing more light posts across the Cumberlands campus to help ensure safety at night, according to Cumberlands. Additionally, members of the Williamsburg Police Department were welcomed onto campus in 2018 as an extra precaution. And all Cumberlands students and employees have to complete a Title IX course on what proper conduct with classmates and colleagues looks like and what to do if improper behavior is observed.
“It’s easier to pursue excellence when you live on a safe campus,” said Coleman. “While we acknowledge that no university is perfect, it is our hope that Cumberlands is a place where students possess the peace of mind necessary for them to grow intellectually, spiritually, and creatively.”