University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: Crime & Safety

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D-
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a public school in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with about 13,520 students and 1,460 employees.

Our Safety Report for this school is based on the US Department of Education 2014 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, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a very dangerous place to be enrolled at. American School Search gives this school grade "D-" on safety.

From our perception of the data, there are some problems with forcible sex offenses and alcohol.

Campus Safety: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Nearby Schools

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Safety Chart

College Officials' Perspective

American School Search has been contacted by a representative of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 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 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with an opportunity to present their point of view below:

From: Johanthan V.

Message: The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has a very extensive safety and security program, these are some of the pieces of that program.

Blue Light Emergency Phones: Across campus, there are a total of 39 blue light phones, which are phones built into brown towers with a blue light on top that blinks when the call button is pushed. These are directly linked to the University's Police Department. Each academic building and residence hall is also equipped with a yellow emergency phone box, which also serves as a direct link to the University Police. These phones are tested twice a month to ensure that the phones work and, in the case of the blue light phones, the light blinks. Overall, there are a total of 144 emergency phones on campus.

Titan Alert: A newer service available to the school is Titan Alert. Launched in 2009, this program utilizes the modern technology of text messaging in order to effectively distribute campus alerts to students, staff, and others (parents, etc.). Students can elect whether they would like to receive alerts pertaining to campus emergencies, weather conditions, parking alerts, and university closings. A test message is sent out once a semester to subscribers.

CSO Program: Sponsored by the university's Department of Residence Life, the University Police hires students to work as Community Service Officers (CSOs) on campus. The CSO program allows students, typically those majoring in criminal justice, to gain experience in the law enforcement field. CSOs perform residence hall and academic building checks each night. During the checks they make sure that the doors in the basements of the halls as well as all of the outer doors to the academic buildings are all locked and if any of the doors are unlocked they secure them or make sure they get secured by officers. Also, the CSOs patrol campus, acting as an extra set of eyes and ears for the officers, reporting violations of not only university policy but also Wisconsin state law. The CSOs receive yearly training in defense tactics, and carry a baton and pepper spray, which they are trained how to appropriately use should the situation arise in which these tools are needed.

Safe Walks: Another duty of the CSOs is to conduct Safe Walks. Offered year-round, the Safe Walk program is a way to ensure that students and staff safely get from one destination to another. When someone calls for a Safe Walk two uniformed CSOs come to the person's location and walk them to where they need to go. Safe Walks are offered during evening hours, starting at 7:30 PM every night, until 2:30 AM (Sunday - Wednesday) or 4:00 AM (Thursday-Saturday). These walks are not restricted to campus - the person requesting the walk can be walked up to 5 blocks off campus.

The walks are conducted "No Questions Asked" meaning, if someone requesting a safe walk is intoxicated and underage they will not get a citation. The University Police Department has adopted that policy because they are more concerned with making sure students/staff get to where they need to go safely. The only way a police officer will get involved is if the student is a danger to themselves or others. If students request a walk after the hours in which the service is offered, an officer, if available, will give the subject a ride to their desired location.

Security Stations: CSOs also assist residence hall staff with nightly security stations, which are a way to monitor the traffic in the residence halls. Security stations are in effect every night between the hours of 9:30 PM and 2:00 AM, or 3:00 AM on weekends. On the weekends considered to be "high traffic" (for example: the first two weekends of school, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, and Homecoming), security stations start at 7:30 PM. Normally, each residence hall has a main entrance, as well as alternative entrances to the hall. Each entrance is controlled by FOB access, so staff and students have to swipe their ID in order to gain access to their residence hall. During security stations, the main entrance is the only set of doors able to be accessed, and students cannot enter through other entrances, which are marked as "Fire Exit Only" doors.

The security stations use a special program that maintains up-to-date lists of the residents in a specific hall being checked, and also has a way for residents to check in guests, which could be other students living on campus, off campus, or even family and friends from home. Within this program, and also on paper in each hall, there is a list of people who are "restricted" from specific residence halls or all of campus. When a person on the restricted list is attempting to gain entry to the building, an alert will pop up notifying the station attendant. The University Police are then notified and the restricted person is issued a citation for trespassing and escorted off the premises.

Mock Disaster: On August 12, 2010, UW Oshkosh carried out a mock disaster exercise. This exercise was a simulated "active shooter" scenario in which five subjects took hostages in one of our academic buildings. Multiple law enforcement agencies as well as the Oshkosh Fire Department and many departments on campus participated in this training exercise. This exercise gave University Police as well as SWAT teams from Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Appleton, and the Winnebago County Sherriff's Department a unique opportunity to all train together. The purpose of this exercise was not only to test the preparedness of the university as well as local agencies to respond to this kind of disaster but also how all of those agencies can work together.

Get more details and analysis about this college from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Review. Additionally, 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 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2011 - 2013

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
13
2
0.3%

Nonforcible Sex Offense
0
0
0.0%

Robbery
0
0
0.0%

Aggravated Assault
3
1
0.2%

Burglary
11
3
0.3%

Motor Vehicle Theft
1
0
0.1%

Arson
2
0
0.1%

Illegal Weapons Possession
7
0
0.2%

Drug Law Violation
0
0
0.0%

Liquor Law Violation
1231
24
2.9%

* Crime Chance is American School Search's subjective and approximate estimate for a student's chance of experiencing this crime during their study at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 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 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus safety based on the same criteria and assumption.

Need to File a Complaint?

If you have been discriminated or abused at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 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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