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Advisory Committee Chair

Shelley McGrath

Advisory Committee Members

Kathryn D Morgan

Lisa B Sharlach

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2014

Degree Name by School

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

Rapes on college campuses have been a major problem in the United States and alarming numbers of this crime occurring in our colleges and universities call for attention in this matter to provide solutions to reduce or prevent the incident of rape on campus. Institutions possess certain characteristics that may contribute to rape on campuses. This explanatory study analyzes different factors of institutions on a macro level basis to understand which factors significantly contribute to the likelihood of forcible rapes. Two hundred U.S. colleges and universities are used in this data sample to analyze their institutional demographic factors and situational factors to determine the relationship to campus rape. Reported numbers of forcible rape from the schools from academic years 2010-2012 were gathered and analyzed. Results found that an institution's percentage of students living on campus, total student population, percentage of male students enrolled, and location in an urban setting rather than a non-urban setting significantly contributed to forcible rape on campus. Policy implications such as effective campus rape prevention programs are discussed.

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