Crime on campus: An analysis of Tennessee's private historically black colleges and universities 2001 and 2006

Jesse Hightower, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This research attempted to explore significant relationships between the location of Tennessee's private HBCUs within the same region and on campus criminal activity. The private HBCUs that participated in this study were Fisk University; Knoxville College; Lane College; and LeMoyne-Owen College. Further, this research compared crimes by type and frequency for the years 2001 and 2006. The archival data utilized in this study was gathered from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Annual Campus Crime Report. Additionally, this research was designed using a quantitative, non-experimental correlational approach. Correlational statistics were appropriate for this study and assisted in organizing and summarizing data for the years 2001 and 2006. Thus, the chi-square test was used to determine if there was a statistically significant relationship between the following variables: overall crime rate, rural/urban campus violent crime rate, drug/narcotic violations, robbery rate, drunkenness violations, and aggravated assault offences to determine correlations. Findings of this study were: (1) There was not a statistically significant relationship between the total rate of reported rural campus and reported urban campus crime offenses on private HBCU campuses in Tennessee for the years 2001 and 2006; (2) There was not a statistically significant relationship between the rate of robbery and drug/narcotic violations on private HBCU campuses in Tennessee for the years 2001 and 2006; (3) There was a statistically significant relationship between the city population and the total number of reported crimes that took place on private HBCU campuses in Tennessee for the years 2001 and 2006; (4) There was not a statistically significant relationship between the rate of aggravated assaults reported on rural campuses and urban campuses of private HBCUs in Tennessee for the years 2001 and 2006; (5) There was not a statistically significant relationship between the city population and the total rate of reported drunkenness on HBCU campuses in Tennessee for the year 2001; however, there was a statistically significant relationship between the city population and the total rate of reported drunkenness on HBCU campuses in Tennessee for the year 2006.^

Subject Area

Education, Administration|Sociology, Criminology and Penology|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Jesse Hightower, "Crime on campus: An analysis of Tennessee's private historically black colleges and universities 2001 and 2006" (2008). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3341874.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3341874

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