Kentucky will require colleges to make police logs more open

KENTUCKY -- A new state law will require colleges and universities to provide more timely and public information about campus crimes starting in September.

Under the Michael Minger Act, post-secondary institutions must keep an accurate log of all crimes reported on campus available to the public. The log must be updated to include crimes within 24 hours after incidents are reported. Schools must also submit an annual crime report to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

The law echoes requirements of the federal Clery Act but imposes stricter sanctions on state institutions that fail to comply. Any individual in Kentucky who fails to comply with the crime disclosure requirements can be required to pay a maximum fine of $1,500 or be sentenced to up to 30 days in jail, according to Daniel Carter, vice president of of the campus crime watchdog group Security on Campus.

reports, Spring 2000