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Statement on campus safety

Arizona State University carefully fulfills its responsibilities to report campus crimes, as required by the federal Clery Act, including requesting data from law enforcement agencies in surrounding jurisdictions. ASU includes that data in its publicly posted Clery report and, in that same document, includes the links by which parents, students and any member of the public can find crime statistics for the cities that ASU’s campuses call home.

The overriding conclusion that criminologists and analysts have drawn from campus and city crime data nationally is that campuses tend to be the safest place in town. ASU recorded the lowest rates in violent crimes over the past two years among its peer institutions, according to data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. Even among a broader group of institutions, ASU ranked low in violent crime.  ASU ranked 7th and 8th respectively in the rate for rape and aggravated assault among the nation’s ten largest schools listed in U.S. News & World Report.

It’s also worth noting that ASU operates five campuses in the Phoenix area that vary dramatically in size and surroundings, from the densely populated Downtown Phoenix campus to the expansive surroundings of the West and Polytechnic campuses. Extending the geographic area analyzed for crime around a single campus to try to include activity that may or may not involve students is an arbitrary exercise. Boundaries can always be drawn to support a variety of conclusions.

Looking at crimes off campus also encompasses areas and events where few students may go. Tempe Town Lake, near campus, is the location of dozens of special events each year, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors and a corresponding increase in reports of crime, yet not all of those events draw students. A shopping center near campus undoubtedly accounts for a measurable number of car thefts, for example, but that may have little relevance to ASU students.  

For more, see the ASU Now story ASU ranks lowest in violent crime categories.

ASU Perspective

Response to Meldrum Lawsuit

The University welcomed Dr. Meldrum to campus with great expectations as a dean in 2006, but she no longer holds a senior administrator role. The decrease in institutional support for her work is directly tied to the marked decline in the success of her peer-reviewed research proposals relative to the amount of investment the University has made in her work. Over the past five years, her record in securing research funds has declined precipitously, to less than $500,000 in fiscal 2014 and zero in fiscal 2015. During that same period, the University provided Dr. Meldrum and her lab more than $6 million in funding support, as well as 6,000 square feet of lab space and 2,000 square feet of office space. As was made clear to Dr. Meldrum in writing in September 2015, financial responsibility demanded an adjustment in the University’s investment in her work at this time. With that adjustment — not in full effect until 2020 — Dr. Meldrum remains an accomplished scientist and tenured member of the faculty, and she will be treated fairly and provided support similar to that given to other ASU faculty members. We remain hopeful that that Dr. Meldrum and her lab will return to the level of success it enjoyed in the first years after she arrived at ASU.

To view a letter provided to Dr. Meldrum last year on the occasion of a five-year review, please click here.

For more information about the Dr. Meldrum’s claims, click here.

Contact Us

ASU Media Relations

News media representatives with questions about the university or seeking an expert on a particular subject can reach us by email: or by phone: 480-965-3502.

Normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time), Monday through Friday. After hours, please use the above number which will be forwarded to an on-call media relations officer.

Tuition Proposal 2016-2017

During a time of declining state investment in public higher education, ASU has worked to limit tuition increases through cost containment and by growing new sources of revenue. With a new proposal for the next fiscal year, the average annual increase in tuition and surcharge for resident students will only have been 1.6 percent over five fiscal years.

Please click here for a statement from President Michael M. Crow on ASU's tuition proposal for FY17.

Find an Expert

To book any of these experts or others, please call ASU Media Relations at 480-965-3502, or email: ASU has expertsavailable for interview on these trending topics:

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EXPERTISE: popular culture, urban history and its impact on politics and policy

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