Wash. U is 16th Most Crime-Riddled Campus



According to The Daily Beast, Washington University is a premiere institution for hitting the books or getting hit over the head.

Using data from the U.S. Department of Education, the blog used incidents of murder, robbery, assault, burglaries, and car thefts between 2008 and 2010 to populate their top-25 list.

Wash. U clocked in at Number 16. And school officials aren't pleased about it.

The rank was achieved with one homicide, 37 robberies, 34 aggravated assaults, 131 burglaries, and 104 car thefts. There were no negligent homicides or arson from 2008 to 2010, and sexual assaults were (oddly?) missing from the list. Murder and negligent homicide were given a heavier weight than burglary or car theft when the listicle's author crunched the numbers.

Wash. U officials wudn't pleased with a similar list from the Daily Beast two years ago, though just last month a different entity ranked the school nine whole spots higher on the "dangerous campus" scale.

In a statement, the press department called the ranking methodology "flawed" and pointed out that the homicide in 2008 happened on the medical campus at St. Louis Children's Hospital, not on the main campus. The perpetrator, 56-year-old Carlos D. Roberts Sr., was just found guilty of stabbing his longtime girlfriend, 51-year-old Vicki Tankins, to death outside the hospital after she told him she was leaving him.

"To help put this in perspective, a vast percentage of the crimes reported happened in neighborhoods adjacent to our campuses. For example, in the same three-year reporting period, the university's main 'Danforth' campus reported zero murders, one robbery, one aggravated assault, 52 burglaries and 10 vehicle thefts," the statement reads.

That may be, but students are apt to cross the invisible line at least now and then. And there's some attractive company on the list -- it included Harvard, Yale, and Tufts. Not exactly schools of hard knocks.

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