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Women's Safety on Sonoma State University's campus
by Samantha Bosnich
Tuesday Nov 29th, 2016 7:55 PM
Safety on college campuses has been recently called into question because of the sexual assaults that have been occurring. My group and I conducted a research project on women's safety at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. We distributed surveys and got results that were interesting.
Across the United States, safety on college campuses has been called into question. In the past decade, assaults and incidents on campuses across the nation have increased. In the past couple of years, Sonoma State has had a few sexual assaults and the student population as well as the public is not informed of the outcome, which needs to change. I am a student at Sonoma State and I feel the campus as well as the public should be informed on what is occurring on campus. We pay to attend this institution and if we feel unsafe then something should be done about it.

In my Investigative Sociology class, my group and I decided to research and conduct a study on how safe women feel on campus. We conducted our research on woman’s safety at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. Both campuses are in the same geographic area but are different from each other. We distributed 300 surveys to each campus and we got responses from students as well as faulty. We collected the 600 surveys and analyzed the data. A good amount of students feel somewhat safe on campus. We found two common problems at both campuses. The problems are there is not enough lighting around campus or in the parking lots and there is a lack of police presence at night. Students would feel a lot safer on campus if theses actions were taken and we should improve the safety of the individuals who attend theses two institutions.