Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Richard L. Roberts


This study examined female students' perceptions of campus safety, specifically sorority woman and non-sorority women. Previous research found that women feel less safe on campus than males. However, previous research concerning female students focused on sexual assaults.

The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore female students' beliefs and attitudes about campus safety, victimization, and personal safety on campus. A demographic survey was used to subdivide the sample into sorority and non-sorority participants, college status (e.g. sophomore, graduate student etc.), ethnicity, whether they live on campus or off campus, age, and gender. A second survey created by Baker and Boland (2011) was used to answer the research questions.

The overall findings from this study found that sorority women care about campus safety and that both subpopulations were unsatisfied with certain campus safety features. This study found that sorority women were victimized more than non-sorority women but both subpopulations were willing to take safety precautions in the future to keep themselves safe on campus.