This is the home page for Professor Cliff Donn's ("Cliff" to you) sections of CJS 101, Introduction to Criminology at Le Moyne College. This version is designed for the Spring 2019 semester. Please let me know if there are problems with the page.

Course Policies: Polices for CJS 101 are contained in the course syllabus and on this web page and its various links. Students are required to be familar with those polices and to comply with them.


Syllabus: Here you will find a link to the syllabus and reading list for CJS 101. This includes a description of the course requirements, the schedule of topics and activities, the reading assignments, supplementary reading materials, and the expectations that the instructor has for the students and that the students should have for the instructor. If you are registered for the course, you will be provided with a "hard" copy of this but you can print one out from here if you need another copy.


Office Hours: This will link you to Cliff Donn's office hours and teaching schedule for the current semester. You are welcome to drop by or to try to contact me at times other than my office hours. Those are just times when I try not to schedule activities that take me out of my office. However, I am around and available at lots of other times.


Policies: Here you will find most of the policies applicable to Cliff Donn's sections of CJS 101. Students are required to comply with all course policies.


Announcements: Here you will find announcements of changes in the class schedule and reading assignments. You may also find postings of job announcements, relevant meetings of clubs and professional groups, lectures, etc. All students are required to check this link twice a week (Monday morning and Wednesday morning are recommended). Most of the time you will find nothing new but continue to check since all official course changes and other announcements will be posted here and you are responsible to be aware of them.


Reserve List: This is a list of all the items I have asked the library to place on reserve for the current semester. It should include everything on the reading list. If you cannot find something on the reading list on reserve, please check to see if it is here. Please report any problems to Cliff.


Journals: All students in CJS 101 are required to maintain a journal throughout the semester. The guidelines for journals are described here. Journals will be evaluated by the instructor periodically and students will periodically report on their journal entries in class. The rubric (standards by which the journal assignments will be evaluated and graded) can be found here. Here you will find a journal entries from a recent semester that were well done and earned grades of "A." Journal entry 1 and journal entry 2.


Format: The format and writing style for any written assignments in CJS 101 can be found here. This includes information about citations and information about plagiarism and how to avoid it. Note that certain citation styles that may be acceptable in some of your other classes (e.g. APA) are not acceptable in this class. You may use ASA style in this class but please be guided by this link in deciding which items require citations and what information to include in those citations.


Research Assignment: Students in CJS 101 will be required to write a brief research paper. These links will describe the requirements for that assignments. The rubric (standards by which the research assignment will be evaluated and graded) can be found here. An example of a paper that received a very high grade is available here as well as one that was just acceptable.


Examinations: Examination policies and sample examination questions of the type that are asked on quizzes and the mid-term can be found here. Short answer questions (multiple choice or true false) will not be used in this course. A table indicating quiz dates and corresponding reading assignments can be found here.


Evaluation: All assignments and the value they will have in terms of students grades for the current semester can be found in this evaluation link. In addition, the "grading scale" that will be used on all assignments can be found at this link.


Glossary: This is a list of terms (and their definitions) used in the course. Terms may be added periodically so you should check this glossary occasionally. It is recommended that you print this glossary and bring the printed copy to class as an aid in taking notes.


Slides: The powerpoint slides presented in class on each topic can be found here after the topic has been completed in class.



Law Abiding

Sources of Knowledge about Crime and Criminals

Crime as a Social Construct

History and Evolution of the Concept of Crime

Crime Waves and the Extent of Crime 

Child Exploitation

Serial Killers 

Stalkers and Murder

Organized Crime
Corporate Crime

Drugs and Crime

Youth Crime

Police and Police Work
Courts and Trials
Prisons and Deterrence

Capital Punishment and Deterrence

Deterrence and Leniency

The Politics of Crime and Punishment

Sensible Policy

Summary and Conclusions

Links: Here you will find links to a variety of sites and organizations involved in the processes of law enforcement. These may be useful in preparing class presentations and other assignments, understanding journal entries, etc.


FBI - This is a link to the home page of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


New York State Police - This is the link to the home page of the New York State Police


Onondaga County Sheriff's Office - This is the link to the home page of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, the county in which Le Moyne College is located.


Syracuse Police Department - This is the link to the home page of the Syracuse City Police Department


Uniform Crime Reports - This is actually just a subpage of the Federal Bureau of Investigation web site. It is the largest and most comprehensive set of data on crime in the United States.