Journal of College Student Development
This study examined Virginia community college students' perceptions of campus safety. A survey of 11,161 students revealed the crimes students most feared being a victim of while on the community college campus and the areas in which they felt the most and least safe. The research also demonstrated the effect of certain variables had on students' overall perception of campus safety. The variables studied included student demographics, the presence and type of security personnel, and the rurality of the campus setting. The campuses with the highest and lowest degrees of perceived safety were then further studied via case studies to gather detailed information, which may assist college administrators and policymakers in improving campus safety on community college campuses.
Original Publication Citation
Patton, R. C., & Gregory, D. E. (2014). Perceptions of safety by on-campus location, rurality, and type of security/police force: The case of the community college. Journal of College Student Development, 55(5), 451-460. doi: 10.1353/csd.2014.0049
Patton, Robert C. and Gregory, Dennis E., "Perceptions of Safety by On-Campus Location, Rurality, and Type of Security/Police Force: The Case of the Community College" (2014). Educational Foundations & Leadership Faculty Publications. 19.