Crime in the ivory tower: The level and sources of student victimization

Academic Article


  • Contrary to the image of college campuses as "ivory towers," the victimization of college students recently has been portrayed as a serious problem deserving policy intervention. Based on interviews designed after the National Crime Victimization Survey, which were conducted with 3,472 randomly selected students across 12 institutions, we examined both the level and sources of students' victimization. More than one-third of the sample reported being victims during the 1993-94 academic year. Informed by the lifestyle-routine activities approach, the analysis revealed that the risk of property victimization was increased by proximity to crime, target attractiveness, exposure, and lack of guardianship. The main predictor of violent victimization was a lifestyle that included high levels of partying on campus at night and the recreational use of drugs.
  • Authors

    Published In

  • Criminology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Fisher BS; Sloan JJ; Cullen FT; Chunmeng L
  • Start Page

  • 671
  • End Page

  • 710
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 3