ERIC Number: ED396660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan-15
Reference Count: N/A
Safe Schools Survey. Post-Secondary Student Survey. Preliminary Results.
Minnesota State Office of the Attorney General, St. Paul.
A survey of 706 randomly sampled students at institutions of postsecondary education in Minnesota examined students' perceptions of violence and safety at their schools. Overall findings indicated that the majority of students had not been victims of violent acts and generally felt safe at their institutions. However, many respondents indicated they believed that the amount of effort spent addressing issues of violence at their institutions was inadequate. Date rape, dating violence, the relationship between acts of violence and alcohol, and theft were the major areas of concern identified by respondents. Specific findings indicated: (1) 72 percent of students believed the level of violence was unchanged over the past year; (2) 77 percent reported they felt safe on campus; (3) 42 percent believed that most violence is related to drug or alcohol use; (4) 51 percent reported they knew a victim of violence on a date; (5) 42 percent knew a victim of date rape; (6) 61 percent identified "women" as likely victims; and (7) 60 percent indicated they felt that students who carry weapons do so for self-defense. Most of the students surveyed were Caucasian. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Office of the Attorney General, St. Paul.