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In this study, I use a combination of existing research and the collection of survey data from college-aged participants to explain the relationship between substance use and the commission of various crimes throughout the college years. The study includes participants who anonymously reported their history of drug and alcohol use within the last year. This information was then compared with violent and property crimes that were self-reported by the respondents. The association between substance use and various crimes committed while under the influence showed a strong positive correlation. My findings highlight the importance of substance use and abuse as a major risk factor for crimes committed on the University of Dayton’s campus as well as in the student neighborhood. This underscores the need for a comprehensive understanding that the more drug and alcohol use on college campuses, the more crimes that will be committed among those living in the community.
Mark A. Morgan
Primary Advisor's Department
Criminal Justice and Security Studies
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
"Substance Use and Crime Rates" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2500.