ERIC Number: ED417648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Student Perceptions of Campus Safety at a Large Rural University.
Santucci, Kimberly B.; Gable, Robert K.
This study examined student attitudes and behaviors regarding campus safety at a large rural university. A 31-item instrument was developed, and a panel of eight expert judges reviewed the survey items. A total of 16 residence halls participated in the study, and 970 surveys were distributed with 529 returns. A principal components analysis (varimax rotation) derived four components "factors" -- theft and violence in the residence halls, sense of safety on campus, sense of safety in the residence halls, and university contributions to safety. The factor of university contributions to safety was discarded due to low reliability. Females felt less safe than did males on campus and in residence halls, and females perceived theft and violence to be more likely to occur in their residence hall. Students living in co-ed halls felt less safe than did males who lived in all-male halls with respect to campus safely. Males walked alone after dark more frequently than did females. Females used the university escort service more frequently than did males, while underclass students used the escorts more often than did upperclass students. A plan of action to enhance safety on campus will be developed based on the study data. A survey form and statistical findings are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October 1997).