Clery Act violators number more than 300
Group releases list of schools cited by DOE for violating campus crime reporting law
Few schools have been punished, however, for failing to comply with the law, renamed the Jeanne Clery Act in 1998, requiring schools to publish annual crime statistics and make their police or security logs open to the public. According to Daniel Carter, vice president of Security on Campus, it is difficult to get the DOE to investigate colleges that violate the law, and it is even harder to get department officials to sanction those schools that work their way around the law.
"You basically have to prove [the violating school's] guilt before [the DOE] will even look at the school," Carter said.
Dan Madzelan, an official from the DOE, said the department would rather help schools to comply with the law than sanction them.
"Our first step has always been to work with the schools to get them in compliance," Madzelan said. "If we can't get anywhere with the school, we then take the approach of enforcement, which could mean fines, limited participation in federal student aid programs or suspension from the programs."
But Carter said he believes the punishment, if ever imposed, is light.
The list of schools is available online at http://campussafety.org/publicpolicy/cleryact/violations.html
reports, Winter 2000-01