A random sample of 3,742 students attending a stratified sample 12 colleges and universities took part in a survey designed to examine the nature and extent of college student victimization.
Data were also collected on the characteristics of the institutions, their campus police or security department, and campus physical planning efforts, as well as official statistics on the demographics and crime patterns in the general community. The survey was conducted through computer-telephone interviewing of students and by mail to campus officials. The data were used to test a theoretical model that suggests that the probability of victimization in general and victimization for specific offense types is a function of the coming together in time and space of elements at the individual, institutional, and community levels. The analysis used chi-square tests and t-tests. Individual characteristics, measures of campus security, the institutional context, and community characteristics were examined simultaneously to assess which variables were significantly different from zero. The data were used to develop a 17-point crime prevention programs and services index. Attached figures and 111 references
Date Published: January 1, 1995