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ERIC Number: ED555426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 197
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-3606-2
Indicators of Faculty and Staff Perceptions of Campus Safety: A Case Study
Woolfolk, Willie A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Mercer University
The study addressed the problem of a critical increase in campus crime between 1999 and 2009, a period during which overall crime in the United States declined. Further the research explored the perceptions of campus safety among faculty and staff at an institution where campus safety initiatives are nationally ranked as exemplary and incidents of campus crime are low. Faculty and staff were selected for the research because they are in a unique position to be confidants to victims of crime and to help with campus safety initiatives. The theoretical basis for the study is the Social Disorganization Theory. Using case study methodology, the research was conducted in three phases at a large public Tier 1 university in a southern state. The study used document analyses of campus safety printed materials; individual interviews; and focus groups involving faculty and staff members. The researcher was able to identify four overall themes that addressed the four research questions. Subthemes were also identified under the four overall themes. Both faculty and staff respondents alike expressed strong beliefs that the institution provides a safe environment for all members. Staff respondents were more involved in safety training than faculty members. Police presence has a different meaning depending upon individual experiences with police. Respondents linked low crime activity to campus police effectiveness. Future research should involve campus police personnel to gather their perceptions of faculty and staff members regarding campus safety. More research is needed to uncover ways to help prevent campus police biases towards campus community members. Also, more research is needed to uncover Hispanic members' campus safety perceptions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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