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The U.S. Department of Education issued its final report Tuesday to Eastern Michigan University, detailing the school's violations of the federal Clery Act in failing to properly notify the campus about an investigation into the homicide of a student who was killed in campus housing.
U.S. Department of Education fined Virginia Tech $55,000 after finding the
university in violation of the Clery Act in its response to the 2007 shooting
rampage on campus.
When Erin Cooper-Baize filed a public records request at Tarleton State University requesting on-campus police reports, she never anticipated it would land her alma mater a $110,000 fine six years later for failing to report a number of crimes occurring from 2003 to 2005.
The maximum fine for any violation under the Jeanne Clery Act increased to $35,000 today as part of an inflation adjustment.
The $250,000 fine levied against Salem International University, formerly Salem-Teikyo University, is the biggest ever for violating the Clery Act, a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to keep and maintain publicly accessible crime logs, annually report crime statistics and warn the campus community about security threats.
In April, Salem agreed to pay a $200,000 fine to the U.S. Department of Education for Clery Act violations that occurred from 1997 to 1999. These violations included the failure to report five forcible sex offenses and three robberies, and the failure to issue timely reports about threats on campus.
These obstacles can delay or prevent the public from obtaining information that could protect students from violent crime, potential health hazards or simply learning how state money is being used.
How well does your school comply with the Clery Act? We've assembled this guide to help you find out. In it are instructions, sample records requests and a checklist of basic requirements your school should be meeting.
Educators, campus police officers, victim advocates and attorneys gathered in Washington, D.C. Friday to celebrate 25 years of the federal campus crime law and talk about what's next.
Many large public universities report zero or nearly zero liquor law violations and drug abuse offenses — a side effect of the wide variations allowed in reporting campus crimes under the federal Clery Act.
In just a little over a month, journalists across the country will celebrate open government in action. Held annually in March, Sunshine Week is a chance for journalists to demonstrate to lawmakers and the public the importance of open government and easy access to public records.
In the past, the Student Press Law Center has teamed up with student journalists across the country on public records projects.
This morning, I learned that Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation after city police discovered at least 126 reports of crimes since 2007 that campus police failed to investigate, including 18 reports of sexual assaults.
When I saw the news, I was immediately reminded of a series of public-records request that I and others at the SPLC have made in the past few months.
Last week, the Department of Education issued its preliminary report, part of its investigation into whether Pennsylvania State University violated the Clery Act in its handling of allegations of sexual abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. It will likely be years, though, before the public learns what the department uncovered in its far-reaching review of campus safety practices at the school since 1998 — one of the largest and most high-profile investigations ever.
The reason for the secrecy is two-fold. A federal law requires the Department of Education to maintain the confidentiality of any program reviews until the final program report is issued.
We often encourage student journalists to look up campus crime statistics reported by their school using the Department of Education's "Data Analysis Cutting Tool." On that website, students can look up statistics reported annually by their school as required by the Jeanne Clery Act, as well as those reported by other schools.
Students (and members of the public) trying to do that today won't be able to.
New rules that change what colleges have to do under the Clery Act were published today. The new regulations — the result of months of discussions and negotiations following the 2013 passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act — are designed to lend greater transparency to the process by which colleges respond to crimes of sexual violence affecting students.
The study also published survey results of 56 police officers from Texas colleges responding to questions related to their understanding of stalking and official procedures to address it. The answers from respondents — most of them identified as police chiefs — show that seven out of 10 did not have specific guidelines at their institution for dealing with stalking cases, and that few of them work with off-campus organizations that help victims of stalking.
Colleges were required to release their annual Clery Act campus crime report on Oct. 1. Here are some tips on finding the best stories.