The Influence of Religion on College Campus Crime

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Nicholas Glowacki

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Dr. Sarah Estelle

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The feeling of safety on college campuses is an important aspect to millennial college students. According to the Student Poll, which surveys college students in the United States, seventy percent of 2007 college freshman view the safety on campus as an important factor in deciding which college to attend. In this research, I explore whether religious affiliated institutions have lower campus crime than nonreligious affiliated institutions. If criminal behaviors are the result of rational choices, how much does religious influence increase the cost of crime to decrease these choices? The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) provides campus safety and security panel data on the number of violent and property crimes on each U.S. college campus. Merging these crime statistics with detailed school characteristics from the Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System (IPEDS), this research will identify colleges with a religious affiliation and examine the relationship between campus crime and religion.

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