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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Joel Lieberman

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Colleges and universities often aim to create a sense of community and a neighborhood feel for students. University campuses are designed in ways that reflect the factors of social cohesion measured by Goudriaan, Wittebrood, and Nieuwbeerta (2006). Crime on college campuses is an important social issue. Data from the NCVS suggest that between 1995 and 2002, college students experienced an estimated 400,000 to 530,000 violent crimes each year; yet only about 35% of violent victimizations against college students were reported to the police (Baum 2005, and Hart 2003). Yet, research exploring the effect of social cohesion and collective efficacy on reporting crime among college students has received little attention from the research community. The current study applies aspects of collective efficacy to assess which factors influence the reporting of crime among college-student victims. Data was collected through a self-report survey of college-students. The study used a systematic random sample of 160 college students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Generally, respondents that reported high levels of collective efficacy were more likely to report the crime than those respondents who reported low levels. The most serious crimes measured were the most likely to be reported to the police.


Collective; College; Crime; Efficacy; Influence; Reporting; Students

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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