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The dark and desolate campus: what can be done to enhance students’ perceptions of safety on-campus?

The dark and desolate campus: what can be done to enhance students’ perceptions of safety on-campus? Given their young age, students are at a heightened risk of violent victimisation. Yet few studies have considered students’ perceptions of safety and the impact of these, on a British university campus. The purpose of this research was to close this gap.Design/methodology/approachFrom late 2019–2020, using an online university wide survey, data was gathered over a three-month period from 550 students studying at a university in the north of England on “city” campuses about their perceptions of safety and security on-campus.FindingsStudents, particularly women students, felt unsafe on the university campuses because of poor lighting, limited CCTV, security patrols and the presences of others. They felt unsafe in and around teaching buildings, moving around the campuses and in transport locations.Research limitations/implicationsThe response rate of the survey was 6%. Consequently, the findings are not representative of the wider student population on the campuses.Practical implicationsCampus Security should consider enhancing surveillance on the campuses.Social implicationsStudents, particularly women, limited the time they spent on-campus studying because they felt unsafe. Their choices about when and how to engage in their university education were therefore restricted.Originality/valueThis study addresses the gap in research on students’ perceptions of safety and the impact of these, on a British university campus. In doing so, it forefronts the responsibility of higher education institutions to enhance students’ safety, including their perceptions of safety, on-campus. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Safer Communities Emerald Publishing

The dark and desolate campus: what can be done to enhance students’ perceptions of safety on-campus?

Safer Communities , Volume 21 (3): 14 – Jul 18, 2022

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1757-8043
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1757-8043
DOI
10.1108/sc-01-2022-0006
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Abstract

Given their young age, students are at a heightened risk of violent victimisation. Yet few studies have considered students’ perceptions of safety and the impact of these, on a British university campus. The purpose of this research was to close this gap.Design/methodology/approachFrom late 2019–2020, using an online university wide survey, data was gathered over a three-month period from 550 students studying at a university in the north of England on “city” campuses about their perceptions of safety and security on-campus.FindingsStudents, particularly women students, felt unsafe on the university campuses because of poor lighting, limited CCTV, security patrols and the presences of others. They felt unsafe in and around teaching buildings, moving around the campuses and in transport locations.Research limitations/implicationsThe response rate of the survey was 6%. Consequently, the findings are not representative of the wider student population on the campuses.Practical implicationsCampus Security should consider enhancing surveillance on the campuses.Social implicationsStudents, particularly women, limited the time they spent on-campus studying because they felt unsafe. Their choices about when and how to engage in their university education were therefore restricted.Originality/valueThis study addresses the gap in research on students’ perceptions of safety and the impact of these, on a British university campus. In doing so, it forefronts the responsibility of higher education institutions to enhance students’ safety, including their perceptions of safety, on-campus.

Journal

Safer CommunitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 18, 2022

Keywords: Perceptions of safety; Strategies to stay safe; Surveillance; Campus Security; Study on-campus; University campuses

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