NYIT Ranked #11 in 2016 Safest Colleges in America

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NYIT Old Westbury Campus

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What is the likely hood of you being on a campus considered to be one of the safest colleges in America? Fortunately for students attending NYIT and prospective students, NYIT’s Old Westbury campus is listed amongst 2016 safest college campuses in America ranking at number 11. Niche is a well known and trusted college review site on colleges.com that helps prospective students and their parents find the best suited school based off of their needs. A common concern for student’s parents and for the students as well when choosing a college is if the campus is safe. The presence of campus security, level of crime rates as well as drug and alcohol use can be a huge deciding factor if a student will choose if a college is the right fit for them. Niche being aware of these common concerns, assembled a list of schools with high health and safety scores and low crime to make a list of 2016’s safest colleges in America.

Niche ranks methodology when compiling this list, began with assessing 1,713 public and private traditional four year colleges and universities in the United States. Factors considered in the ranking were based off of student surveys on safety weighted 30.0% , campus crime rate weighted 25.0%, freshman retention rate weighted 15.0%, graduation rate weighted 10.0%, local crime grade weighted 10.0% and alcohol and drug related arrests each weighted at 5.0%. NYIT’s Old Westbury campus received 4.2 out of 5 for student surveys on safety, 0 reports of crimes committed on campus per 1,000 students, 72% in freshman retention rate, 47.1% of undergraduate students who graduate within 6 years, B+ in local crime grade and 0 reports of arrests on campus per 1,000 students for alcohol and drug related arrest.

Anthony Repalone, a NYIT alumni and our Director of Campus Security sat down with the Campus Slate to discuss NYIT’s ranking in being one of the safest colleges in America. Before coming on board to be our very own Director of Campus Security, Mr. Repalone worked 31 years in law enforcement. He had a very diverse career in different commands and details such as being a robbery squad investigator, sergeant in the police academy as an instructor, public information officer, and a deputy commanding officer for Nassau County police department and has experience in the detective division.

When asked about his thoughts about being ranked #11 safest college campuses in America, he quickly replied that he was very proud and gave a lot of credit to his department and the community as well.

He explains, “Our ranking has to do with how students and faculty feel about the campus, 30% of the actual breakdown has to do with their input. The message we’re trying to convey to our students and staff about being safe on this campus is not just solely on campus security, but on everyone on this campus enforcing the idea that the NYIT community is responsible for our ranking as well, not only the team and staff of security.”

“We have contract security. We use LI Barton security services. They’re not NYIT employees, but the people we bring on board through that company are very conscientious. We make sure that they buy into what we’re trying to do here, as far as offering services to our students and staff. To make them feel safe, to keep them safe and to keep any sort of criminal element from coming onto our campus.”

He then further explained that our security similarly incorporates the model of service Old Westbury and Old Brookville police department provides for their residents. Service on the Old Westbury campus includes patrol in marked cars and in uniform, several cars patrolling the area and foot post designated to patrol areas highly used by staff and faculty including the Academic Quad and NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. Mr. Repalone also talked about enforcing a method called, “Park, Walk & Talk,” where security officers not only patrol an area but actually walk around campus and talk to staff and students to bridge the gap between the NYIT community and security. The hope is to enforce a feeling of safety as well as allowing students to feel more comfortable to contact security if a problem arises.

“We utilize our resources so that they are highly visible to students and staff and that gives people a sense of security.” Mr. Repalone continues, “It makes them feel good when they see that uniform presence. Not only does our security model after Old Westbury and Old Brookville police departments, but work with them as well. We establish a very good rapport with them. I meet with and talk to them regularly with the officers. I meet with their chiefs. We’ve had discussions here with administrators about in the event of a critical incident about the response. What they need us to do, expectations they have from us, what we can do to help them and what they expect from NYIT. We have had a lot of discussions and we maintain that relationship and exchange information if there is an issue and that’s important. Having that presence here on the campus 24/7, sends a message that NYIT has pretty good security coverage, between the in house security and the cooperation we get from the village police departments.”

When asked if he collaborates with other institutions to stay informed and improves security he responded, “Absolutely. I belong to what they call the Long Island Metro University College Campus Security Directors Association. It’s a consortium, comprised of directors and people in the security business who works at colleges throughout the metropolitan area, particularly Long Island, and we exchange ideas and information daily.” He stressed the importance of being able to reach to his counterparts in other colleges and universities which is a huge resource because a common goal between him and his counterparts were to keep college campuses as safe as possible. “Communication is vital in my estimation to maintain safety.”

To many of us, our concern now is how do we maintain and improve this rank of being amongst the safest colleges in America? Mr. Anthony Repalone stated that he is always looking into improving NYIT security, and that we can’t rely on only what we have done in the past and what we have now because of how fast things evolve in the world of technology, information and Intel regarding security. He did mention that we have made changes and to expect further improvements in security. Our Chief of Staff Pete Kinney, and Vice President of Information Technology and Infrastructure Dr. Niyazi Bodur are very instrumental in enhancing what we have currently, such as installing new security cameras over this past summer. In the works now, security plans on increasing communication through the website with the help of Communications & Marketing, and presentations open to the campus and community such as how to keep yourself safe on and off campus, and what to do in the event of an active shooter.

The Office of Campus Security is located on the Old Westbury Campus in Simonsen House. The hours of operation are 24 hours a day, seven days a week and Anthony Repalone urges all students, staff and faculty to save the security’s number in their contacts which is 516.686.7789 and everyone to sign up for NYIT Alerts through the NYIT portal. NYIT Alerts is a mass notification system to communicate with students during an emergency. Although we have received a distinguished rank as a safe college, this does not mean we should not stay vigilant. “Crime can take place anywhere at any time.”

 

 

 

 

Sidebar

  • Emergency telephones are located inside and outside of buildings on the Old Westbury Campus. The emergency telephones directly contacts you to the Office of Campus Security in the case of a crisis.
  • Vehicle Assistance is available to the NYIT community for jumpstarts and lockouts. If officers are unable to help after assisting you they will provide you with a phone number for further assistance.
  • The Office of Campus Security provides service if one is concerned about their well being on campus through the Campus Alone Program.
    • When concerned about your safety if you are alone on campus, call security and provide them with your name, location on campus and phone number. Also provide them with the estimated time you plan on leaving, your mode of transportation, and a description of your vehicle and where it is parked if applicable.
    • Specify if you need to be escorted to your vehicle or another location on campus.
Anthony Repalone

Anthony Repalone. Photo Credit: Jessica Shahini Parkes

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Courtesy of NYIT’s Communication & Marketing. Diego Rios, Art Director
NYIT Old Westbury Campus

 

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