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ERIC Number: ED448663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-18
Reference Count: N/A
The Incidence of Crime on the Campuses of U.S. Postsecondary Education Institutions. A Report to Congress.
Office of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 require the Department of Education to collect, analyze, and report to Congress on the incidence of crime on campuses and facilities of postsecondary education institutions, and institutions of postsecondary education that participate in federal student financial assistance programs are required to make information available about crime on campus. The institutions provided data for this report through a Web-based collection tool. The statistics represent alleged criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies, but they do not necessarily represent prosecutions or convictions for crime. In 1999, there were 11 criminal homicides on campus, compared to 24 in 1998. The total number of sex offenses reported in 1999 was 2,469, an increase of 6% over 1998 that might reflect an improvement in the rate of reporting rather than an increase in the real incidence of sex offenses. The number of robberies increased over the 3-year period during which data was collected. On a per student basis, the national rate of robbery was 12.0 per 100,000 enrolled students in 1999. The national rate of aggravated assaults was 22.6 per 100,000 students in 1999. Burglary is the crime most frequently reported, with 26,035 burglaries reported in 1999. There were 2,067 hate crimes reported on campus across the United States in 1999. These data suggest that U.S. campuses are safe. In nearly every category of crime, college campuses showed a lower incidence of crime than the nation as a whole. Appendix A contains the statutory authority for the crime reporting. Appendix B contains pertinent regulations. Appendix C contains a sample of the Web site with statistics on crime for individual campuses. Appendix D is a summary of campus crime and security data. (Contains 11 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Colleges, Crime, Educational Environment, Higher Education, Incidence, School Security, School Statistics
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/PPI/security.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.