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Thursday, October 19
Thu, Oct 19, 3:50 PM - 5:00 PM
Aventine Ballroom E
Speed Session 2

Lunar Effects on University of Wisconsin Eau Claire On-Campus Housing Incidents (303753)

Danielle Brushaber, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire 
*Thao Tran, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire 

Keywords: Lunar Effects, Housing Incidents, Non-parametric, Generalized Linear Model, Time Series

Empirical studies have hypothesized a lunar effect on human behavior, though scientific analyses have produced mixed results regarding associations between phases of the moon and criminal offenses. The purpose of this project is to examine patterns in incidents of student misconduct in UWEC residence halls across time, with particular investigation of possible lunar effects. On-campus housing incidents from August 2012 to December 2016 were analyzed using two statistical approaches: non-parametric tests and time-series analysis. Understanding the patterns of on-campus incidents over time (with the effect of the full moon and/or other recurring circumstances) will contribute meaningful insights for hall directors, resident assistants, and entities who support and protect students. In addition, this study can be compared with existing empirical studies and enhance the literature of the lunar effect on human behavior.