The Candor

BenU ranks high in campus safety

Kuslum Musani

STAFF WRITER

 

The hard work and safety initiative of Benedictine University’s police department has recently led to BenU being ranked as the one of the top universities in Illinois for campus safety. The University is ranked fifth in Illinois and 34th in the nation for campus safety.

“[The ranking was] based on reported crimes and various safety and awareness that Benedictine University police provide both on campus and in the community,” said BenU Chief of Police Michael Salatino. “[The ranking] puts us in a good light and is an acknowledgement of Benedictine University police.”

The ranking of both private and public universities and colleges is determined by a state and national website -stateuniversity.com- that reports on campus safety and safety initiatives worldwide.

“Being attuned to the activities and policies of the police department is one reason that BenU does so well in terms of safety,” said Salatino. “Students are tuned in to keeping their dorm rooms locked, their car doors locked and calling in to report any suspicious behavior on campus.”

Salatino explains that safety is an issue for both parents and students when determining the choice of university through this resource. Anyone can look up crime rate statistics and safety rankings for a given university.

Recently, the Benedictine University Police Department became a member of the DuPage County Crime Stoppers. Through this, anyone can call to provide information regarding crimes or suspicious behaviors for a possible reward of $1,000.  Callers can also stay anonymous through the University Police Silent Witness link on the University Police website.

In order to maintain or even improve BenU’s rank in terms of campus safety, the police department plans on continuing with the existing awareness, prevention and education on campus as well as introducing a program in February as “part of a sanction for being involved in alcohol on campus,” shared Salatino.

The department also holds programs such as “responsible party seminars” and “alternative drinking Saturdays” added Salatino.