WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to a recent Fox 5 News story labeling Gallaudet University as the most dangerous campus in America, Dominic Lacy, Chief Operating Officer at Gallaudet University, issued a statement addressing the concerns and clarifying the university’s position on campus safety.

Gallaudet University and Clerc Center leadership are aware of the news story that raised concerns about the safety of our campus. Gallaudet and Clerc Center are fortunate to be in the heart of a city as vibrant as Washington, D.C. As in any urban setting, there are always certain realities that we manage every day to maintain a safe campus community. The story published was misleading and irresponsible and does not provide an accurate picture of our crime statistics.

Like all colleges and universities, Gallaudet University is required by federal law – the Jeanne Clery Act – to report campus crime data, support victims of violence, and publicly outline the policies and procedures we have put into place to improve campus safety. Gallaudet takes this very seriously. We do so as required diligently and transparently on an annual basis. Here is our most recent annual security and fire incident report.

Gallaudet and Clerc Center also promote a climate where students are encouraged and empowered to report incidents. In turn, we follow up through appropriate units, including the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices at the university, and the school and student life leadership at Clerc Center. We firmly believe that Gallaudet’s reporting is as accurate as, if not more, than many other colleges and universities and, just as importantly, its response is swift and effective.

Nothing is more important than ensuring a safe, welcoming experience for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors on our beautiful 99-acre campus. We will continue to make it our priority.

Lacy’s response underscores the university’s commitment to maintaining a safe environment for all members of the campus community. He emphasized that the data presented in the Fox 5 News story does not accurately reflect the efforts and measures Gallaudet has in place to ensure safety and security. He also pointed out that the university adheres to the Jeanne Clery Act, which mandates the reporting of campus crime data and the implementation of policies to support victims and enhance campus safety.

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In light of the concerns raised by the Fox 5 News story, Gallaudet University encourages students, faculty, and staff to report any incidents promptly. The university’s Department of Public Safety and the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices are integral to addressing and following up on these reports, ensuring that each case is handled swiftly and effectively.

Lacy also highlighted that Gallaudet’s commitment to safety extends beyond mere compliance with federal laws. The university strives to foster a culture of transparency and accountability, promoting a climate where students feel empowered to report incidents without fear of retribution. This proactive approach aims to create a safer and more supportive environment for everyone on campus.

As Gallaudet University continues to prioritize safety, Lacy reassures the community that the leadership is dedicated to providing a secure and welcoming experience for all. The university’s beautiful 99-acre campus in Washington, D.C., remains a vibrant and integral part of the city’s landscape, and Gallaudet is committed to ensuring that it remains a safe place for learning and growth.

For further questions or concerns, Dominic Lacy can be reached at DPS@gallaudet.edu.