2004 Student Survey Executive Summary

California Safer Universities

The 2004 Safer California Universities Study baseline 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). MSIResearch, 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.

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).

Key Findings from students at California State University Chico Undergraduates

Following are some key findings on the use of alcohol

  • 89.8% of the students consumed alcohol in the past year (annual prevalence).
  • 77.9% of the students consumed alcohol in the past 30 days (30-day prevalence).
  • 73.3% of underage students (younger than 21) consumed alcohol in the previous 30 days.
  • 63.4% of students 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

  • 42.0% of the students have used marijuana in the past semester/quarter (semester/quarter prevalence).
  • 13.7% 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:

  • 42.0% Marijuana (pot, hash, hash oil)
  • 7.5% Cocaine (crack, coke, rock, snow)
  • 6.5% Amphetamines (crank, ice, speed, uppers, diet pills, etc.)

Following are some key findings on the consequences of alcohol use:

  • 28.1% 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.
  • 49.6% 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.
  • 63.0% 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:

  • 63.7 % of students believe their friends on campus use alcohol once a week or more.
  • 91.3 % of students believe male students on campus use alcohol once a week or more.
  • 81.0 % of students believe female students on campus use alcohol once a week or more.

Sample Demographics

  • 20.0% were freshmen
  • 13.2% were sophomores
  • 26.7% were juniors
  • 40.1% were seniors
  • 0.2% were other
  • 42.0% were under 21 years old.
  • 62.6% were female.
  • 83.4% lived off campus.
  • 96.4% were full-time students.