Shepherd University: Crime & Safety

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Shepherd University LogoF Shepherd University is a public school in Shepherdstown, West Virginia with about 3,860 students and 610 employees.

Our Safety Report for this school is based on the US Department of Education 2016 public data sets for various categories of violent and non-violent crimes committed both on-campus and off-campus over the last three years.

Safety Evaluation

Based on our analysis of the government numbers, Shepherd University is a very dangerous place to be enrolled at. American School Search gives this school grade "F" on safety.

From our perception of the data, this campus has dramatic problems with forcible sex offenses, in addition, there are certain problems with illegal drugs and nonforcible sex offenses.

Campus Safety: Shepherd University and Nearby Schools

Shepherd University Safety Chart

College Officials' Perspective

American School Search has been contacted by a representative of Shepherd University who expressed a different perspective of their campus safety. Our goal is to provide information that is both unbiased and detailed, especially so in regards to such a sensitive topic as campus safety.

Therefore, we have provided Shepherd University with an opportunity to present their point of view below:

From: K. Alan Perdue, General Counsel

Message: The rating which your website issues to Shepherd University relating to crime statistics is a stunning failure on your part to provide valid analytics to potential students.

The nation has been engaged in an intense examination of the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses for years. The US Dept of Education believes that up to 25% of all female college students suffer some form of sexual assault, nationwide.

So when a University like Shepherd succeeds in encouraging the assault victims to come forward with some information to the University Police Department, rather than concealing the assaults, your rating system punishes us, when it should be rewarding us. You should be issuing an "F" to the many much larger schools which are reporting almost no assaults, because we know that in reality the assaults are happening on virtually all campuses, virtually everywhere.

Get more details and analysis about this college from Shepherd University Review. In addition, you might want to check our ratings for the 100 Safest and for the 100 Most Dangerous colleges in the US or learn about American School Search Safety Reports.

Criminal Offenses at Shepherd University in 2013 - 2015

Alleged criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities and/or local police
Does not necessarily reflect prosecutions or convictions for crime


Type of Crime or Arrest
On-campus
Off-campus
Crime Chance*

Murder
0
0
0.0%

Neglient Manslaughter
0
0
0.0%

Forcible Sex Offense
17
0
0.6%

Nonforcible Sex Offense
3
0
0.3%

Robbery
2
0
0.2%

Aggravated Assault
0
0
0.0%

Burglary
3
0
0.3%

Motor Vehicle Theft
0
0
0.0%

Arson
0
0
0.0%

Illegal Weapons Possession
0
0
0.0%

Drug Law Violation
23
0
0.7%

Liquor Law Violation
54
0
1.1%

* Crime Chance is American School Search's subjective and approximate estimate for a student's chance of experiencing this crime during their study at Shepherd University based on the present enrollment, past crime history, current crime trend, and an assumption that the school reports accurate numbers to the government. Safety Grade is American School Search's subjective evaluation of Shepherd University campus safety based on the same criteria and assumption.

Need to File a Complaint?

If you have been discriminated or abused at Shepherd University, or you believe that this college underreports campus crime statistics, then please consider filing a complaint with US Department of Education.

As of May 1st, 2014, fifty five colleges are under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. Many of those schools are frequent guests in our exclusive 100 Most Dangerous Colleges list.

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