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Sponsorship and Purpose of the Survey

The School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) wasjointly designed by the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). More information about this survey can be found at http://nces.ed.gov/programs/crime. The data used to produce this report are available for download from the Student Surveys link at the NCES Crime and Safety Surveys portal, located at http://nces.ed.gov/programs/crime.

Created as a supplement to the NCVS, the SCS has been conducted in 1989, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 to collect national-level information about student and school characteristics related to school crime. The survey is designed to assist policymakers, as well as academic researchers and practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels, in making informed decisions concerning crime in schools. The SCS asks students a number of questions about their experiences with and perceptions of crime and violence occurring inside their school, on school grounds, on the school bus, and from 2001 onward, going to or from school. The SCS contains questions not included in the NCVS, such as those concerning preventive measures used by the school, students' participation in after-school activities, students' perceptions of school rules, the presence of weapons and gangs in school, the presence of hate-related words and graffiti in school, student reports of traditional bullying at school and cyber-bullying anywhere, the availability of drugs and alcohol in school, and students' attitudes relating to fear of victimization and avoidance behavior at school.

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