STORY BY JOEY GALE
You may have heard that Drake is part of a new online list of the “25 Most Dangerous Colleges.”
I’m writing to let you know that the publishers admitted that they identified an error in the analysis of the data used in their report.
This resulted in an incorrect ranking of dangerous colleges in the United States.
They confirmed that Drake should not have appeared on the list.
Popular college sites like Total Frat Move (TFM) and BroBible picked up the story initially.
Shortly after, many online media outlets published stories, tweets and Facebook posts about the list.
The original publisher has alerted each of them to the update.
However, there are still websites that carry the original list.
To be absolutely clear, Drake no longer appears on this list.
I hope this relieves any concerns that you may have about the safety of the Drake campus relative to other colleges and universities.
Our student body vice president, Josh Duden, and I meet monthly with Director of Public Safety Scott Law.
The Public Safety force at Drake is the largest private security force in the state of Iowa at any private university.
Law and his team of security do a phenomenal job at protecting and keeping students safe.
Last year, the Student Senate helped fund Rave Guardian, a mobile app students can use on their smart phones.
The app essentially is a blue light emergency phone in your pocket with GPS capabilities.
One of the Student Senates goals this year was to build awareness around the app and help students understand how to use it.
Go online for more information about Drake’s public safety efforts, including accurate statistics that the university reports to the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information, visit www.drake.edu/publicsafety