safest-proudMillersville University (MU) has again been named one of the safest college towns in the United States, according to The SafeWise Report.

Millersville ranks 22 on the list of the top 30 safest college towns. SafeWise is a home security company that generates its rankings by evaluating the most recent 2014 FBI crime statistics and coupling that with their own research that is focused on safety-related programs and initiatives available on the campuses.

“It’s important that our students feel safe.  It has been a major priority at the University,” says MU President Dr. John Anderson. “We have worked to implement different programs and tools that help students feel safe in the classroom, in social situations and around the campus.”

MU routinely earns a spot on this important list in large part because of the campus police department that is committed to community partnerships and 24/7 coverage through bicycle and foot patrols. There are more than 50 emergency phones, known as “Blue Light Phones” in and around campus to ensure students can always reach out for help, and the campus is covered with camera surveillance.

“Our campus police have a strong working  and professional relationship with the Millersville Borough Police,” says Brian Hazlett, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “It’s an important piece in ensuring the safety of our students and strengthening our campus town.”

Police provide resources for sexual and dating violence awareness and support. Millersville also employs a sexual assault advocate on campus and a confidential dating and domestic violence advocate.

The University also encourages students to download the “LiveSafe” app on their phone, which better connects students with university police. With the app, students are able to request a safety escort from campus police, be tracked by GPS in case of an emergency or virtually walk their friends to their destination.

“The “LiveSafe” app allows students to take more ownership of their campus safety,” says Anderson. 

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