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Campus Crime and Safety

Author(s): Christina Mancini

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2022

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Nestled in the “ivory tower,” college campuses tend to be safe environments for students, but crime and violence do occur.  To be sure, crime trends vary based on the location of the campus (suburban, rural, urban, “college town”) and their “type” (four-year universities, small liberal arts colleges, community colleges).  Even so, there are certain classifications of crime that seem to plague colleges and universities in the U.S.  This chapter reviews the nature and extent of campus crime, efforts designed to prevent violence on campus, research-driven tips for preventing victimization during your college career, and specific resources for campus crime victims.  By the end of this book, you will be better informed about crime on our college campuses, how colleges and universities have responded to the crime problem, self-protective measures, and the many victim resources available for college students.

Introduction to the Text

Chapter 1: The Nature and Extent of Campus Crime
Measuring Crime
Crime Prevalence and Trends
Crime Patterns
Exercise: Crime Measurement

Chapter 2: Addressing Campus Crime
Campus Law Enforcement
Disciplinary Review Boards
Prominent Legislation
New Legislative Initiatives
Educational Programs
Victim Services
Exercise: How Well Do You Know . . .

Chapter 3: Research-Driven Initiatives for Crime Prevention on Campus
Theories of Offending and Victimization—Routine Activity Theory
Theories of Offending and Victimization—Lifestyle Theory
Theories of Offending and Victimization—Victim Precipitation Theory
Research Evaluating Crime Prevention
Exercise: Theory and Practice

Chapter 4: Social Activism, Unrest, and the College Campus
History of Campus Social Activism
Contemporary Student Activism Post-2020
When Demonstrations Go Wrong
Social Activism, Sensitive Topics, and the Institution
Social Activism and Sensitive Topics: Best Practices for Students
Exercise: Social Activism on Campus

Chapter 5: Resources for Victims and Those Concerned about Crime
Victims’ Rights 
Victims of Crime—What to Expect
Exercise: The Victim Experience

Concluding Remarks
References
Author Biography

Christina Mancini

Christina Mancini, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. She received her doctoral degree from Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2009. Dr. Mancini has authored or co-authored over 35 peer reviewed articles examining patterns of sexual offending, law and policy, violent victimization, public opinion, and criminological theory. Her scholarship is featured in highly ranked journals such as Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and other outlets. She is the author of the book Sex Crime, Offenders, and Society: A Critical Look at Sexual Offending and Policy, 2nd Edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2021). She currently serves as an editorial advisory board member for several law and policy journals. In 2016, Dr. Mancini, along with colleagues, founded the Sexual Offense Policy and Research (SOPR) Workgroup, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving responses to address sexual violence (http://www.sopresearch.org/).

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