UW-Oshkosh ranks safest campus in Wisconsin and 38th nationally

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - UW-Oshkosh is the safest college campus in Wisconsin and ranks 38th nationally.

The National Council For Home Safety and Security released the finding Tuesday looking at universities with 10,000 students or more.

The ranking comes amid well-documented incidents in and around campus.

This past weekend, police reported two men were jumped by a group of 15.

Late last year, a student was targeted in armed robbery on Elmwood Avenue.

We've extensively covered the case of Josh Immel, who faces charges for attacking four women near the campus in September.

Some UW Oshkosh students were a bit surprised by the ranking

"I am curious who ranked us as the safest campus because we do get Titan Alerts frequently," said Megan Mueller, a senior at UW-Oshkosh.

"Feel like every one or twice a month I get batteries off campus just a couple blocks away," said Luke Roberts, a sophomore.

But UW-Oshkosh Campus Police Chief Kurt Leibold says those alerts are a source of transparency and benefit the community.

"We have to keep our students, our community informed so they can make the right decisions," said Liebold.

Leibold admits being surprised by the ranking but stands by his community policing and partnerships.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security used data from the FBI, crimes on campus, violent crime and property rates in each city, the number of campus police officers and a Campus Safety Security Survey from the Department of Education.

We found that survey is not verified by the department.

"We rely on data, look at where incidents happen around campus on campus, and we put our cops in the right place at the right time so they can do interventions," Said Liebold.

"I total believe it. Oshkosh has been one of the safest places that I have ever been to," said UW-Oshkosh junior Mallory Gardas.

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