Special Feature: Campus Safety

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Every year, college students throughout the country become victims of stalking, sexual assault, robbery, homicide, and other crimes around campus. According to the Campus Safety and Security Survey, in 2013, there were 27,600 criminal incidents on campuses at postsecondary institutions that were reported to police and security.

Colleges and universities can’t fight campus crime alone.

Efforts to maintain a safe campus are most successful when the community encourages campus staff, administration, students, parents, and community groups to collaborate—ultimately navigating the intricacies of privacy laws, preserving academic freedoms, and complying with civil rights laws while simultaneously ensuring a safe campus and workplace environment.

College and university administrators want their campuses to be safe havens for students. Congress, too, wants students to be safe, and has passed laws to help make campuses safer.

Each year since 2005, colleges and universities across the United States have recognized September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. NCJRS has compiled publications and related materials that focus on campus crime and safety for practitioners, parents, and the public.

Select a topic from the box at the right under the “Campus Safety” heading to learn more.