Individual, Group and Contextual Indicators of Crime and Victimization at an Historically Black College and University

Russell Dawkins, Southern University and A&M College

Scholarly research on campus crime and victimization generally concludes relatively little is known about its nature, extent and cause. However, the Uniform Crime Statistics consistently report disproportionately higher rates of crime on our Nation's Black College Campuses. Particularly among those located in major urban areas. An exploratory study focuses on one of the largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities, located in a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of a Southwestern Coastal State. Baseline data establish differential rates of self-reported crime and victimization and perceptions of crime and victim experiences of others. Survey responses, official crime and victim trends suggest individual and sub-group activities, situations and circumstances, and campus (milieu) and MSA (ecological) patterns are illustrative of the types of crime and differential rates of victimization found. A description of the characteristics of crime and victimization in this unique setting is discussed.

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