Law will require colleges to make sex offender info publicly available

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Clinton signed a bill in October requiring colleges and universities to make available the identities of all the registered sex offenders who are employed or enrolled on their campuses.

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, which is included in HR 3244, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, will require schools to give students a place to go to find out the names of sex offenders enrolled at or employed by the institution.

Each state must keep track of convicted sex offenders and report that information to all the colleges in the state. The campus police must then provide the information to students who request it.

The Oklahoma State University Police Department has said it will post the names and photos of all registered sex offenders enrolled or employed on the campus on its Web site once the information is available, according to an article in the university's student newspaper, the Daily O'Collegian.

reports, Winter 2000-01