Safe Campus Top 25 List Criteria

The Safe Campus Top 25 list acknowledges outstanding contributions by university administrative departments in establishing and maintaining high standards of campus safety.


The Top 25 list recognizes departmental accomplishments. Nominations for individual or as-a-whole institutions are ineligible. An exception is granted if the nominated department consists of only one full-time employee. In that case, the individual is considered a department.

Eligibility is open to the 4,706 degree-granting higher-education institutions, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Any administrative department, including, but not limited to, the following are encouraged to submit a nomination: university police, campus security, emergency management, risk management, facilities management, student housing, psychological counseling services, women’s centers, diversity office, marketing and communications, student affairs, academic affairs, admissions and enrollment, international student services, human resources, information technology, general counsel, provost’s office, president’s office and chancellor’s office.

Nomination Process

Nomination for the Top 25 list and the Department of the Year award are conjoined. Submitting a nomination for one award automatically make the department eligible for both awards.

Any university employee or member of the public may nominate a department for the award.

Complete the form on the Safe Campus website to submit a nomination. Submission details are available online.

Selection Criteria

The Top 25 list highlights university departments that have enacted initiatives that improve campus safety. Nominations are ranked based on the following criteria.

  1. The planning and development of a major program where the achieved quantifiable results demonstrates significant improvement in campus safety
  2. Demonstrated actions that made significant contributions to campus safety
  3. Development and implementation of an outstanding department- or institution-wide procedure or approach which improves campus safety
  4. Development of methods or procedures for a major program that are adaptable by another department or university and was adopted by another department or university and can demonstrate achieved quantifiable results in the improvement of campus safety
  5. Development and implementation of outstanding policies and programs by a department that are promulgated throughout a major portion of the department’s university or university system where the achieved quantifiable results demonstrates significant improvement in campus safety
  6. Long-term contributions that have significantly enhanced campus safety

Selection Committee

Award Selection Board members individually ranked the nominations based on selection criteria. The rankings were then compiled. The top three nominations were then submitted to the Safe Campus Advisory Board, a committee of senior-level university administrators from around the nation. The Advisory Board rankings were then used to rank the top three places.


The first three places, which consist of the Department of the Year winner and runner-ups, will receive a plaque during an award luncheon at the National Campus Safety Summit.

All Top 25 winners will receive recognition on the Safe Campus website and in a press release.