Common crimes at community colleges and universities

August 4, 2022
Common crimes at community colleges and universities

College students have their whole lives ahead of them. They may feel like nothing can stop them from achieving their dreams. However, an arrest can derail future plans. A criminal conviction may impact their enrollment, employment and reputation. This is why it is crucial for students to get help if they face charges. 

Here is a list of the most common offenses that occur on college campuses, based on reports to law enforcement and security agencies.


Burglaries account for nearly half of all on-campus crimes, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Burglary consists of breaking and entering a structure with criminal intent. On campuses, this usually involves dorm rooms, classrooms or administration buildings. 

Motor vehicle theft

Motor vehicle thefts account for approximately 12 percent of college student offenses. The definition of motor vehicle theft is stealing or taking a motor vehicle without permission. This includes unsuccessful attempts. 

Aggravated assault

Aggravated assault is a more common problem than regular assault. Some factors that increase an assault to an aggravated one include using a weapon, intent to seriously injure, the condition of the victim and the degree of injury. 


Many students at community colleges and universities also commit robbery. Robbery differs from burglary in that it usually involves a victim who receives an injury, intimidation or threat of harm. If the victim suffers serious violence or the perpetrator uses a weapon, it may count as armed or aggravated robbery.

Alcohol and drug crimes

There are a wide variety of offenses involving alcoholic drinks and illicit substances that occur on college campuses, including the following:

  • Drunk driving
  • Underage drinking
  • Public intoxication
  • Drug possession
  • Drugged driving
  • Prescription drug abuse

College students often find it easy to access alcohol and illegal drugs, and peer pressure may make it difficult to avoid the temptation.

Know your resources 

If you or a loved one is caught up in a crime on campus, it’s important to be prepared with a plan. To keep a simple mistake from costing you fines, job opportunity and even jail time, contact a skilled attorney to discuss a defense strategy. 


For personalized legal guidance, call our office at 417-882-9300 or submit this form to schedule a meeting with an attorney.

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