UM Among SEC’s Safest Schools

Photo by Robert Jordan/University Communications

Photo by Robert Jordan/University Communications

OXFORD, Miss. — The University of Mississippi was ranked the second safest campus in the Southeastern Conference on’s review of the safest schools in America.  Nationally, UM ranked 17th.

The safety of the campus ranking can be partially attributed to the work of UM Police Chief Calvin Sellers and the University Police Department. Sellers and his team measure their success by crimes prevented and not by number of arrest, he said.

“Our total emphasis is for our campus to be a safe place for people to live, study and interact,” Sellers said. “Our attitude is, if we solved the crime then we failed in preventing the crime to occur.”

UM’s public safety officials are working to keep Ole Miss safe and place a heavy emphasis on teaching students tips for being safe.

Alex Kohl, an intern in the UM Office of Communications, is a senior integrated marketing communications major from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.