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Published as: Brandon A. Hollister, Mario J. Scalora, Sarah M. Hoff, Heath J. Hodges & Allissa Marquez (2017): College Student Reporting Responses to Hypothetical and Actual Safety Concerns, Journal of School Violence 16:4 (2017), pp 331-348.

DOI: 10.1080/15388220.2015.1129498


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Campus violence prevention often includes proactively reducing crime through noticing and resolving concerning situations. Within these efforts, interventions aimed at enhancing reporting have been considered necessary. The current study explored several reporting influences on college students’ responses to hypothetical and actual campus safety concerns. Students were unwilling to report most (i.e., 52%) vignettes of pathway behavior, and most students who witnessed campus safety concerns did not report (i.e., 87%). Students who witnessed several concerning behaviors from a nonfriend perpetrator tended to be more willing to report, especially if personally victimized and understanding the violence risk associated with pathway behavior. Analyses supported campus-wide exhibitions of the dangerousness of various pathway behaviors and the fair, flexible authority problem solving available to struggling students.