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Bethel University Named 2020 Safest Campus in Tennessee

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by Bethel University

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April 29, 2020

McKenzie, TN


The independent agency Your Local Security named Bethel University of Tennessee 2020’s Safest College Campus in the state. stated, “When soon-to-be high school grads decide which college to attend, location, sports, and Greek life are huge factors. But for college students planning for that first year away from home, safety should plan an equally important role. Incoming freshmen can feel better entering college when they know their campus has crime prevention measures and crisis management systems in place to ensure lower crime rates.”

In recognizing the award, Bethel University President Walter Butler expressed, “This is one of the best honors I could ever imagine a school receiving. To be recognized as one of the 50 safest universities in America and THE safest university in Tennessee is a true credit to our students, faculty and staff. The emphasis we put on our students to live and learn in a safe setting is working. The collaborative effort of our Bethel community shows that we value safety. Our best environment for learning is a safe one.” issued their 2020 findings for the safest college in each state. Their data was provided from the United States Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security Analysis and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. The agency looked at violent crimes, property crimes, hate crimes, and the number of violent crimes against women.

President Butler specifically recognized Chief of Security Daniel Thomas and Title IX Director Rachael Brooks for their involvement in working directly with the students on safety education and prevention, in addition to the local law enforcement agencies in the city and county that partner with Bethel.

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Bethel University is a private, not-for-profit university affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church located in McKenzie, Tenn., offering both on-campus and online courses.

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