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Campus Crime and Victimization

Crime on college and university campuses first captured media attention in the mid-1980s and brought the issue into public view. Civil suits filed by victims and surviving family members of homicide victims against universities and administrators served as the prelude to successful advocacy for federal legislation that requires colleges to compile and publish annual campus security reports. Such federal laws, and the programs, policies, and procedures that have since developed, have served to enhance safety, security, and crime victim assistance on many campuses.

Learning objectives include:

  • Federal laws that address the problem of campus crime.
  • How crime victims use civil remedies to combat crime on college campuses.
  • Barriers to increased reporting of campus crimes, along with recommended solutions to increase reporting.
  • The critical elements in developing a comprehensive victim services program for campuses.