2005 Student Survey Executive Summary
California Safer Universities
The 2005 Safer California Universities Study survey was conducted by a team of researchers led by Dr. Robert Saltz at the Prevention Research Center (PRC), a center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). MSI Research, the academic research division of Market Strategies, Inc. conducted the data collection in support of this study. The main purpose for this research is to collect data on alcohol and other drug use on collaborating campuses within the University of California and California Sate University systems. Given the change in sample sizes of each campus from one survey year to the next, a difference between 2003 and 2004 of 5% on any of the items is relatively small and non-significant.
This executive summary is designed to present highlights from the survey data in a conventional format. Some features of the Safer California Universities study are unique, however. For example, whereas many surveys measure alcohol or drug use in the past year, our emphasis on behavior while on campus leads us to measure use or problems just during the academic year (since the semester or quarter began).
We are using a slightly different calculation method for the use of alcohol measures. Therefore, for comparison purposes, we have also presented the 2004 percentages for use of alcohol in parentheses.
Key Findings from students at California State University CHICO Undergraduates
Following are some key findings on the use of alcohol
- 91.0% (89.8) of the students consumed alcohol in the past year (annual prevalence).
- 81.9% (80.5) of the students consumed alcohol in the past 30 days (30-day prevalence).
- 77.3% (76.7) of underage students (younger than 21) consumed alcohol in the previous 30 days.
- 51.3% of all students reported binge drinking in the previous two weeks.
- 62.72% (63.4) of drinkers reported binge drinking in the previous two weeks. A binge is defined as consuming 5 or more drinks for males and 4 or more drinks for females in one sitting.
Following are some key findings on the use of illegal drugs
- 37.1% of the students have used marijuana in the past semester/quarter (semester/quarter prevalence).
- 9.8% of the students have used an illegal drug other than marijuana in the past semester/quarter (semester/quarter prevalence).
The most frequently reported illegal drugs used in the past semester/quarter were:
- 37.1 % Marijuana (pot, hash, hash oil)
- 7.6% Cocaine (crack, coke, rock, snow)
- 4.0% Hallucinogens (PCP, Acid, etc.)
Following are some key findings on the consequences of alcohol and drug use:
- 25.6% reported some form of public misconduct (such as trouble with police, fighting/argument, DWI/DUI, vandalism) at least once during the past semester/quarter as a result of drinking.
- 47.9% reported experiencing some kind of serious personal problems (such as suicidality, being hurt or injured, trying unsuccessfully to stop using, sexual assault) at least once during the past semester/quarter as a result of drinking.
- 60.4% reported experiencing some kind of minor personal problem (such as missing class, having a memory loss, having a hangover, vomiting) at least once during the past semester/quarter as a result of drinking.
With regard to students perceptions of other students use:
- 66.4 % of students believe their friends on campus use alcohol once a week or more.
- 89.2 % of students believe male students on campus use alcohol once a week or more.
- 77.5 % of students believe female students on campus use alcohol once a week or more.
- 20.5% were freshmen
- 15.9% were sophomores
- 25.1% were juniors
- 38.6% were seniors
- .2% were other
- 44.9% were under 21 years old.
- 61.9% were female.
- 80.5% lived off campus.
- 96.7% were full-time students.