ERIC Number: ED416809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Safety on Campus at Public Four-Year Colleges and Universities.
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.
This report summarizes results of two 1996 surveys of campus safety at public four-year institutions of higher education. Major findings included: (1) liquor law violations and burglary were the most common crimes, averaging 2.5 to 2.8 per 1,000 enrolled students; the incidence of violent crimes was much lower (.1 to .4 per 1,000 students); (2) 58 percent of respondents expressed greater concern with security issues now than five years ago; (3) alcohol use/abuse was listed as a contributing factors in 43 percent of problems cited; 29 percent of crimes were attributable to the influence of nonstudents; (4) housing patterns of students affected the type of offenses reported, with fewer date rapes (but more theft and alcohol abuse problems) at institutions with higher percentages of residential students and fewer commuter students; (5) crime prevention efforts included student educational programs, increased visibility of security officers, limited access during nights and weekends, more escort and shuttle bus services, and improved outdoor lighting; and (6) 98 percent of the institutions compiled an annual security report. An appendix lists survey respondents to one of the surveys. (DB)
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, College Environment, Colleges, Commuter Colleges, Crime, Crime Prevention, Higher Education, Incidence, National Surveys, Public Colleges, Rape, Residential Colleges, School Safety, School Security, Stealing, Universities, Violence
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036; phone: 202-778-0818; fax: 202-296-6456.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared by the Council on Student Affairs.