Author(s)

Kristen Muscat

Date Approved

7-9-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

College campuses;Public safety

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to explore students' perceptions of campus safety, including use of campus safety services and the professionalism of Department of Public Safety officials. The study examined the perceptions of 1,070 students at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ during Spring semester 2011. The study also investigated the impact of demographic factors such as gender, race, semester standing, hometown setting, home distance from Rowan, and crime victimization history on student perceptions. Data on the perceptions were collected by a survey using Likert items on a 1-5 scale, open ended, multiple choice questions, and free response comments. Questions were grouped by demographic information, campus safety, sense of community, campus environment, use of public safety services, and overall perceptions. The majority of students respondents reported that overall, they feel safe on campus and they feel Rowan's Public Safety officials are professional.

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