ERIC Number: ED144461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Unreported On-Campus Criminal Victimization Among Students, Staff, and Faculty at the University of Missouri Columbia Campus.
Gross, John G., Ed.
The purpose of this study is threefold: (1) to establish if members of the university community (students, faculty, and staff) have been victims of selected crimes or incidents while on the University of Missouri--Columbia campus that were not reported to the police; (2) to establish a range of reasons why these incidents were not reported to the police; and (3) to measure the attitudes of the university community toward the police and their services on the campus. A sample of one percent of the faculty, staff, and students was questioned. Over one-half of the sample reported they had been victimized at least once on the campus; only one-fifth of these crimes or incidents had been reported to the police. Most major crimes are reported while the less serious crimes are not; however, crimes against persons are reported less frequently than crimes against property. Older members of each of the questionned groups were more likely to report victimizations and females were more likely to report them than males. The reasons for failing to report incidents fell into two categories: (1) the victim felt little chance of recovering property or identifying the offender; and (2) the victim felt the incident was not a police matter. The university community's attitude toward the police varied according to the group questionned. Faculty and staff who came in contact with police on campus have a favorable impression while students, generally, have a negative or less favorable impression. Several possible explanations for this variance are offered. (JMF)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Crime, Faculty, Higher Education, Police, Student Attitudes, Students, Teachers, Vandalism, Violence
Extension Education Dept., University of Missouri at Columbia, Columbia, Missouri
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Extension Education Dept.
Note: Summery of Special Research Report No. 35