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Crime on Campus, 1978-1979: A Survey of 150 College Campuses and Cities

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • Lizotte, Alan J. (Rutgers University)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
cities; colleges; crime rates; demographic characteristics; higher education; nonviolent crime; police officers; police protection; population characteristics; property crimes; school enrollments; universities; violent crime
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides information on crime on 150 selected college campuses and cities in the United States in the period 1978-1979. The collection covers violent crime and property crime on campus and in cities, and the number and sex of police officers assigned to campus duty and in cities. Aggregate socioeconomic information for campuses includes the amount of financial aid received, while information for cities includes the percentage of residents who were unemployed or below poverty level, female labor force participation, and household activity ratio. Campus demographic variables itemize the percentage of males and females residing on campus, percentage of Blacks attending school, number of foreign students, student-faculty ratio, total number of students on campus, students per acre, and students per 1,000 city residents. Aggregate demographic variables for cities are provided on total population, percentage of residents aged 15-19 or 20-24 years old, total number of households, number of single mother-headed households, and percentage of Blacks in the city.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978 / 1979
    Time period: 1978--1979
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All college campuses in the United States.
The data consist of an initial sample of 150 college campuses and cities that reported their crime rates to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reports in 1978.
2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.2000-09-18 The SPSS data definition statements were updated and SAS data definition statements were created for this collection. Missing data codes were standardized by ICPSR and the data were reformatted. A revised codebook, including a data completeness report, was created for the reformatted data file, and original hardcopy documentation from the principal investigator was converted to Portable Document Format (PDF).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8381 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Lizotte, Alan J. (1985): Crime on Campus, 1978-1979: A Survey of 150 College Campuses and Cities. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.