Special Feature: Campus Safety

Every year, college students throughout the country become victims of stalking, sexual assault, robbery, homicide, and a host of other crimes. The law enforcement, mental health, student affairs, and legal professionals charged with identifying, assessing, and managing violence risk at colleges and universities provide an incredible service under unique and often challenging circumstances.

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 (Campus Crime, Office for Victims of Crime, retrieved August 2015). 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 colleges be safer (Sexual Assault on Campus, National Institute of Justice, retrieved August 2015).

Each year since 2005, colleges and universities across the United States have recognized September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. To address the need for resources and strategies focusing on campus crime and safety, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and related materials for practitioners, parents, and the public.

Please select a topic from the following list or from the box at the right under the heading "Campus Safety" to learn more: