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National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2003 (ICPSR 4182)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics


This supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (formerly the National Crime Surveys) was designed to collect data on crime victimization in schools in the United States. Student respondents were asked a series of questions to determine their school attendance in the last six months. Other questions concerning schools were posed, including preventive measures employed by schools, students' participation in after-school activities, students' perception of school rules and enforcement of these rules, the presence of weapons, drugs, alcohol, and gangs in schools, student bullying, hate-related incidents, and attitudinal questions relating to the fear of victimization at school. Other variables cover general violent crimes, personal larceny crimes, and household crimes and offer information on date, time, and place of crime. Demographic characteristics of household members such as age, sex, race, education, employment, median family income, and marital status are provided.

Series: National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Series

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U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMIZATION SURVEY: SCHOOL CRIME SUPPLEMENT, 2003. Conducted by U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. ICPSR04182.v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 2005-07-29.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    crime, crime in schools, crime rates, crime reporting, crime statistics, drugs, educational environment, fear of crime, hate crimes, juvenile crime, offenses, property crimes, reactions to crime, robbery, school attendance, school security, school violence, student attitudes, student behavior, vandalism, victimization, victims

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-02--2003-06

Universe:    All persons in the United States 12 years of age and older.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Stratified multistage cluster sample of households with children between the ages of 12-18 who had attended school at any time during the six months prior to the month of the interview, and who were enrolled in a school that would advance them toward the eventual receipt of a high school diploma.

Mode of Data Collection:    paper and pencil interview (PAPI), computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-07-29

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