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  • Campus Insecurity

    An investigation by the Columbus Dispatch and Student Press Law Center exposed that many universities across the nation are under-reporting violent crimes that occur on campus, using secret judicial review boards to often hand out soft punishments for serious crimes and are violating the rights of both the victims and accused in a system that ignores due process. The deception begins with the name: Campus Security. Most campuses are anything but secure. And worse, administrators have cloaked their campus crime rates and poor response to them in secrecy — failing to take some complaints seriously, shunting what should be criminal cases into closed-door campus judicial hearings handled by untrained faculty and students, and refusing public records about the cases or stalling when asked for them.
  • Campus Crime

    Much of the talk about the scourge of college campus rape has focused on how much of it is happening, how much of it is hidden, and what universities are doing to prevent it. We could find no one who knew for sure whether campus police and prosecutors are actually fully-pursuing the cases they have. We set out to see what really happened after a student reported being raped. We looked at the most recent rape cases available at Florida's 11 state universities, 89 cases in all. Tracking them into the courts, we could not find a single rape conviction. And yet, we also found that the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement both reported much rosier pictures of the outcomes of these cases. In a two-part report, we showed that campus police routinely use loopholes to report cases as being "solved" when in fact they were closed without arrests. And we showed that regardless of what kind of effort campus police put into investigating campus rape cases, all came to the same results: no rape convictions.
  • Clery Act Challenges -- Many schools continue to struggle with law or fail to follow guidelines

    This story focused broadly on university compliance with the Clery Act, a federal campus safety law first enacted in the aftermath of a Lehigh University student's murder more than 25 years ago. While schools are expected to be diligent in disclosing campus crime statistics, many institutions do not devote significant manpower to overseeing Clery Act compliance and the intricacies of the law can be a source of confusion.
  • Off Campus Crime

    While the Clery Act requires Texas universities to report on campus crime, they are not required to report any off campus crime that affects their students. The numbers were staggering and showed a clear difference in the safety of students on campus versus off.
  • Investigating Campus Crime

    Students and parents are led to believe that NYU campus crime is far safer than it appears because of the difficulty of interpreting the crime reports. Nearly 97 percent of drug cases never reached the Public Safety department, and in seven years the department had never responded to incidents involving alcohol.
  • A Dangerous Lesson

    Schools in Harris County were found to be hiding reports of campus crime from the state agency, in addition to watering down the seriousness of offenses ranging from assault charges to weapon and drug possession. One school didn't have any reports on paper of fighting or drug possession for an entire year.
  • Insecurity on Campus

    As reported by two teams of journalism students at Southern Methodist University and Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas, many colleges were failing to inform students about violent crimes-such as rape-in and around their campuses. Also, many campuses were misinterpreting or ignoring the Clery Act, which requires disclosure of campus-related crimes. Many rapes were ignored or were logged as simple 'assaults'. As a result, U.S. Department of Education launched an investigation into the story's findings.
  • Campus crime

    This WMAR investigation into the amount of crime on Maryland college campuses was prompted by the stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins University student while he slept in his dorm. The TV station wanted to take a more in-depth look into campus crime, so it analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education's Clery Act to determine a rate of crime at state college campuses. The investigation also showed footage of campus crimes after a series of challenging negotiations with some college campuses to release surveillance video under state open records laws.
  • St. Mary's Sexual Assault

    This TV station in San Francisco looks into campus crimes in the San Francisco area. They found that campus crimes especially sexual assault was on the rise. This investigation also found out that one school was in fact mishandling sexual assault cases and not taking action against the accused.
  • UC keeps sex crimes in shadows

    A five-month Bee investigation finds that "reports of rapes and sexual assaults at University of California campuses are seldom made public each year despite a decade-old federal law created to force colleges to do so." Bee reporters found that several UC campuses violated the federal campus crime reporting law, called the Clery Act. "The result: annual crime reports provided to students and parents that create a misleading portrayal of safety at UC campuses." While the nine UC campuses reported 60 forcible sex offenses in 1998, including rapes, the Bee discovered "at least 190 cases of rape and forcible sex offenses...The figure is by no means comprehensive." UC Irvine and UC Riverside sidestepped the more stringent reporting requirements of the Clery Act by using FBI statistics.