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Current Projects

West Virginia Quality of Life Survey 

The study surveys West Virginian citizens age 18 and over about their experiences with crime, willingness to seek help from law enforcement, perceptions of the criminal justice system, community safety and knowledge of victim services and local crime policy, among other topics.

For more information on the West Virginia Quality of Life Survey, please contact Dr. James J. NolanDr. Ronald Althouse, and Dr. Amanda Hall-Sanchez.

West Virginia University Campus Climate Survey 

The overall goal of the WVU Campus Climate Survey is to collect data on WVU students' perceptions of key social and cultural issues at WVU.   Many questions on the anonymous and voluntary survey focus on students’ perceptions of safety on or near campus, including their own personal safety. 

This project provides a baseline of knowledge for WVU campus administrators and local criminal justice agencies. Data gleaned may assist those responsible at WVU for controlling and preventing campus crime and more accurately gauge the resources they require to cope with safety problems on campus.  The results will be made widely available and used to improve WVU's quality of campus life in the near future. 

This study is sponsored by the Offices of the Provost and the Dean of Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and is being conducted by WVU Sociology Professors Walter DeKeseredy and Amanda-Hall Sanchez through the Research Center on Violence at WVU.

For more information on the WVU Campus Climate Survey, please contact Dr. Walter DeKeseredy at or Dr. Amanda Hall-Sanchez at