Educating Students in the Signs of Anti-Social Behavior and Crime

To reduce crime in university communities, these communities must teach students to recognise features of anti-social behaviour in themselves and others. Many students are practically children when they arrive on campus, coming from sheltered environments and communities. Because they may not have much first-hand experience with anti-social behaviour in either themselves or others, and may not recognise the path to criminality, some will face these pitfalls out of sheer naivety.

Some universities require completion of an online tutorial regarding tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and criminality before students arrive on campus. Alcohol is a draw to many teens as it is easily available, and some are unaware of the level of consumption that is excessive. This can lead to addiction, mental health issues, a strain in academic work and friendships, and even death by poisoning. A thorough mandatory public education campaign is vital to combatting alcohol abuse on campus.

Many students are first offered illicit substances on the campus itself, without knowing much about their dangers and effects. This must also be part of the mandatory public education campaign. Sexual assault is an enormous issue on university campuses and delves into the criminal aspect of student life. Unfortunately, perpetrators may not know enough about correct boundaries to recognise that they are committing sexual assault. victims may be ignorant, both of what assault is and where to seek help should they be assaulted. Information campaigns are essential to combating this. A mandatory thorough online tutorial on yearly basis before a student’s arrival on the campus is important, however devoting a week to each issue in which the university leads educational talks, fosters awareness, and encourages a dialogue among students which is vital too. The more students are educated on these issues, the less likely they are to engage in these behaviours and face their painful consequences.

For students who do engage in these behaviours, early intervention is vital. Students, residential assistants, counselors, professors, staff, and mental health workers must be very well versed in recognising signs of anti-social behavior and criminality.

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