This report to the U.S. Congress by the General Accounting Office is concerned with how the Department of Education has implemented and monitored compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act; the kinds of problems colleges are having in trying to comply with the Act; and the requirements of state laws related to public access to police records on reported campus crime. The report finds first that the Department of Education has been slow to monitor compliance and has been late in submitting required reports to Congress. Second, it finds that colleges are having difficulty applying regulatory criteria and are not reporting uniformly. Specific difficulties include excluding crime reported to campus officials other than law enforcement officials, using wrong categories to report sex-related offenses and murder, omitting hate crimes, excluding information on crimes reported to local police, and using arrest data for three reporting categories. Third, the report finds that the provisions of the states' campus crime open record laws vary. The report concludes that the two primary reasons for the conditions reported above are the differing characteristics of colleges and the confusion that exists about reporting requirements. Included in the appended material are scope and methodology information; provisions of state open campus crime record laws; and comments from the Department of Education which concurs with the report's basic conclusions. (CH)
Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act 1990; Department of Education
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General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.