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October 8, 2009

Farmingdale State Named Second Most Safe College In The United States By The Daily Beast

Campus Ranks High in Security, Low in Crime

Farmingdale State College has been named one of the safest colleges in the U.S. by the online publication The Daily Beast. The campus ranked No. 2 nationally in the study, whose methodology was based on federal crime statistics, student population, off-campus incidents, and other factors.

The Daily Beast took the two most recent years of raw data from almost 9,000 schools nationwide and then further analyzed more than 4,000 over more than 50 different criteria, weighing different crimes against each other, and factoring in incidents both on-campus and nearby. Local FBI data was also used to make the statistics as up-to-date as possible. The poll included schools with a minimum enrollment of 6,000; Farmingdale's enrollment is over 7,000.

"A random illegal act can occur on any campus at any time," said Farmingdale State President W. Hubert Keen. "However, we strive to ensure the well-being of our students, faculty and staff by placing an emphasis on safety. We have updated and repeatedly reviewed our safety procedures, and we continue to focus on providing a safe environment."

Farmingdale is patrolled by State University Police, a professional police force with training, investigative authority, and arrest powers equivalent to any law enforcement agency. In addition, the campus has installed emergency "blue light" telephones throughout the campus, maintains strict enforcement of visitation rules in residence halls, and has instituted such services as escort programs and a sexual assault awareness seminar.

According to figures compiled by the College and reported to federal authorities, there were no robberies from 2006 through 2008; no arson offenses; three burglaries; and one forcible sex offense.

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