The public records online search utility BackgroundChecks.org named Brenau University one of the safest colleges in Georgia in its 2016 annual report that was published earlier this week. To compile the report, BackgroundChecks.org combined data from recent Department of Education Reports, natural language analysis, social media sentiment analysis and its own research to create a ranking.
“This is a true achievement, which is a result of college administration, faculty, students and police working together to create a safe atmosphere that fosters a great academic environment,” said Jason Quimby, outreach director for BackgroundChecks.org.
Brenau – with locations in four Georgia cities – ranked No. 6 behind Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Shorter University in Rome, Covenant College in Lookout Mountain and the University of North Georgia, Gainesville (formerly Gainesville State College).
The rankings publication occurred just as Brenau released its annual filings under requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, the 1990 federal law that requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. The Brenau filings, which anyone can access at https://intranet.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/09/2015-annual-report.pdf (PDF) include statistics in all four Georgia locations over the past three years. The Jacksonville campus was not open in time for this current filing period.
“The information shows that Brenau University operates extremely safe campuses, due in part to combined efforts of students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said Campus Security Director Paul Dampier.
Brenau Security serves to protect life and safeguard property. It is our responsibility to provide law enforcement deterrence and response to violations of state law and applicable local ordinances. Brenau Security provides continuous patrols of the Gainesville campus. These patrols are performed to deter acts of crime and to detect and intervene when criminal activity occurs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This annual report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Brenau University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report includes university policies concerning campus security.
Download the a PDF of the report at https://intranet.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/09/2015-annual-report.pdf.