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ERIC Number: ED509738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 268
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-398-07879-9ISBN-978-0-398-07880-5
Deviance and Crime in Colleges and Universities: What Goes on in the Halls of Ivy
Hickson, Mark, III; Roebuck, Julian B.
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Ltd
This book provides potential answers to reduce deviant behavior and crime in colleges and universities. Claiming that the Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois shootings were aberrations, the authors have nevertheless uncovered offenses that presage major criminal incidents, such as students' engaging in cheating, plagiarism, binge drinking, date rape, assault, and harassment. To arrive at solutions, the authors collaborated to develop an interdisciplinary comprehensive typology of deviant behavior and crime in academia. Areas of discussion include fraternity and sorority deviance beyond the usual hazing and binge drinking. Athletic deviance is a focus, including coaching behavior, criminal behavior, and cheating. Also analyzed is deviant behavior between faculty and students, including plagiarism, in-class negative behavior, sexual issues, false reports, and bullying. A chapter on administrative deviance is concerned with failures to utilize due process, illegal hiring practices, commercialism at the expense of learning and scientific research, intellectual scandal, and research conflict of interest. The text further analyzes the deviant effects and pressures of external groups, including donors and governing boards, that negatively impact the operations of a university. In addition, the authors concentrate on patterns of deviance and crime that have been observed and offer suggestions, remedies, and direction for improvement. The authors conclude that this is the type of book that an academic would rather not write as it clearly reveals that universities are microcosms of society, but assert that they should not be. Chapters include: (1) Introduction; (2) The Setting for Interaction: The University's Function and Structure; (3) Student Interactions in Their Everyday Lives; (4) Student-Athletes: As Long as We Win the Game; (5) Will We Be Doing Anything Important Tomorrow? Undergraduate Interactions With Faculty; (6) Butting Heads among Faculty Members; (7) Personality Types of Faculty and Administrators; (8) Administrators: Sweep It under the Carpet and Hope It Melts; (9) Outside Forces: Micromanaging into Oblivion; and (10) Reconstructing Academia.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A