Graduation Term


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Criminal Justice Sciences

Committee Chair

Mike Rossler


Research on cybervictimization of Bangladeshi students is scarce, but the research that does exist suggests a high prevalence of victimization followed by low extent of reporting. None of the extant research exclusively studied peer cybervictimization (PCV) in relation to students’ knowledge of the university authority, hereinafter the institutional disciplinary body or IDB. As per the added propositions of Routine Activity Theory (RAT) (Felson, 1995), the IDB can potentially contribute to guardianship building by alerting students about handlers-managers in the university premises and thereby reduce PCV among students. Thus, the knowledge of (the presence of) the IDB can respond to the expected roles of handlers-managers from a cyberspace perspective. The current study seeks to apply RAT to PCV of university students in Bangladesh and assess the relationship between students’ knowledge of the IDB and their perception of PCV. Data were collected by an online survey questionnaire distributed via email to a body of adult university students in Bangladesh under the convenience sampling method. Findings have bearing on the possible policy implications for the higher education institutional administration to combat PCV in Bangladesh.


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