Analysis of select levels and incidents of crime on historically black college campuses in Tennessee, 1995 against 1999

William Percy Hytche, Tennessee State University


The purpose of this investigation was to identify, compare and contrast levels and increases in Part I and Part II offenses, which for this study will also be referred to as Type I and Type II, that occurred at Historical Black College and Universities (HBCU) in Tennessee for 1995 versus 1999. The Part I offenses analyzed in this study included rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft. The focus of Part II offenses involved vandalism, drug sales/manufacturing, drug possession and disorderly conduct. The institutions looked at were Knoxville, Lane and LeMoyne Owens Colleges, and Tennessee State and Fisk Universities. Appropriate data were obtained for on-campus crimes for study institutions from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for 1995 and 1999. These data were utilized to develop twenty research questions, which were subsequently employed to develop a similar number of null hypotheses. These hypotheses were then treated with the Chi Square Statistical analysis technique to determine whether there were any differences between stated variable area/cell ends at the .05 level or better. The basic and more important results of this investigation were these: As the largest metropolitan area university in the region, Tennessee State University (TSU) seemed to lead in all on-campus statistically level and incidence crime areas. As a matter of fact, TSU had a higher incidence of some crimes than the related totals of the other four institutions investigated. Other results indicated that: (1) There are significant differences in the total number of incidents of reported on-campus crime for investigated HBCUs by region; (2) There was no statistically significant difference in total incidence of reported crime for Fisk University against Tennessee State University; (3) Institutions within the same area or region tended to have similar crime patterns and levels; (4) For reported burglary and vehicle theft crimes there were some differences in both the levels and incidence within the same area and between participants for the different regions investigated.

Subject Area

Higher education|School administration

Recommended Citation

William Percy Hytche, "Analysis of select levels and incidents of crime on historically black college campuses in Tennessee, 1995 against 1999" (2001). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3007563.