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Schools and colleges across the country should be safe havens for teaching and learning, free from crime and violence. For the most part, schools and post-secondary campuses are relatively safe, but victimization does occur.

Regardless of their age, students who are victims are impacted both physically and emotionally, and their ability to learn can also be negatively affected.

Sexual assaults on college campuses continue to make national headlines. Although official estimates vary, research supported by the National Institute of Justice found that a substantial number of college students are sexually assaulted.

Every year since 2005, colleges and universities across the United States have recognized September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. See the Campus Safety Special Feature for information and materials related to crime, crime prevention, and substance use on college and university campuses.

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How many sexual assaults occur on college campuses?
Data on women sexually assaulted on campus can be found on the Sexual Assault on Campus... Read More

How do I find crime statistics for a specific college?
College-specific crime statistics are available on the Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool... Read More

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Events

Building and Assessing Your Physical Security Program
September 19, 2017 | 2 p.m. ET | Webinar
Responding to Missing and Abducted College Students
September 25, 2017 | Appleton, WI
Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminar
October 10-22, 2017 | Manhattan, KS

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Publications

Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS) Final Technical Report

Campus Law Enforcement, 2011–12

How Prevalent Is Campus Sexual Assault in the United States?

School & Campus Crime

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Related Resources

National Center for Campus Public Safety

NIJ: Sexual Assault on Campus

OVC: Campus Crime

Sex Offender Management and Prevention Vital to Campus Safety blog

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NCJRS Federal Sponsors

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)