Criminal Victimization of International Students: A National Conversation on Effective Prevention Practices
Because international students are a growing, integral part of campuses across the U.S., it is imperative that campus professionals gain a deeper understanding of the safety risks that uniquely confront this diverse community. This is particularly true in cases of criminal victimization of international students. While the risk of criminal victimization for college students has been widely explored in general, the risk has not been explored specifically for international students.
In an effort to get a more accurate picture of criminal victimization of international students, the National Center for Campus Public Safety convened a daylong forum to facilitate thoughtful conversations about preventing criminal victimization of international students attending U.S. institutions of higher education. Participants represented campuses across the country and included university and college chiefs of police and international student administrators. Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security also participated in the conversations, giving guidance on resources, funding, and training available at a federal level.
Forum participants agreed that while reducing criminal victimization of international students is a top priority, several unique challenges are keeping more effective prevention practices from taking root on campuses across the country. They recognized that many of these challenges could be overcome by increasing engagement with international students, improving coordination between officials on and off campus, and by deploying more proactive measures to address fundamental environmental conditions that may lead to an elevated risk of victimization.
Key takeaways and conclusions from the forum discussions, including potential recommendations for preventing criminal victimization, constitute the principal findings of this report.