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Evaluation of on-campus student housing facilities security and safety performance

Fredrick Simpeh (Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
Solomon Adisa (Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, Cape Peninsula University of Technology – Bellville Campus, Bellville, South Africa)


ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 23 November 2020

Issue publication date: 10 April 2021




The purpose of this paper is to develop a guide for managing the provision of on-campus student housing facilities (SHFs) security and safety measures.


This study adopted a mixed-method approach; the questionnaire was used as an instrument to collect quantitative data, whereas the interview was used to collect qualitative data. Descriptive and inferential statistics and importance-performance analysis models were used to analyse the quantitative data, whereas content analysis was used for the qualitative data.


This study found that students rated the satisfaction of all the SHFs safety and security measures below the level of importance. Three categories of performance level (i.e. poor, average and good) were determined. It also became evident that most of the measures were performing averagely, quite a number were poorly performing and few were performing well.

Research limitations/implications

Data was collected from only one university; therefore, the findings of the research may not be generalised. A study that expands the number of participating universities is recommended.

Practical implications

The guide developed can be used by the facility and/or hostel managers to ensure appropriate management of SHFs security and safety measures. The guide can also assist to ensure that all the essential safety measures are provided when designing, constructing or upgrading SHFs. It would also aid in the development of policy frameworks for SHFs security and safety.


Although several studies have been conducted on SHFs, studies that mainly focussed on prioritising SHFs security and safety measures are lacking. With this paper, the authors also demonstrate the practicality of the use of the IPA model to aid the process of developing improvement priorities.



Simpeh, F. and Adisa, S. (2021), "Evaluation of on-campus student housing facilities security and safety performance", Facilities, Vol. 39 No. 7/8, pp. 470-487.



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