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Universities are often portrayed as sanctuaries of learning – of places where students, faculty and staff come together to think and talk about ideas. After four or five years, a student leaves and takes this learning to his or her new workplace. That view of college campuses is nostalgic and inaccurate. Colleges, like all parts of the community, are affected by a variety of crimes and criminal behavior. How a university responds to this problem sets the stage for defining the institution’s climate. It is not only about how safe students are, but more importantly how safe students feel. In this workshop, we explore the relationship between actual crime and how the culture of fear can be exacerbated or diminished by institutional policies and attitudes.