Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Database Will List Campus Crime Figures

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Database Will List Campus Crime Figures

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BOSTON -- High-schoolers weighing their college options soon will be able to see college crime statistics nationwide by tapping into a new online database being compiled by the U.S. Department of Education.

The databank will include numbers from colleges and universities around the country and Canada, detailing the number of crimes--from hate crimes to homicides -- committed on and off each campus.

"It's going to be kind of one-stop shopping," says John King, head of security at Tufts University in Medford and president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. "Instead of having to gather information from four or five different schools, now you can just go to one place and compare."

Colleges have been required to compile and make available their annual crime statistics since the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act was enacted in 1990.

The law, named for a Lehigh University freshman who was killed in her dorm room in 1988, was revised in 1998 to require the Education Department to compile and analyze the nationwide data, and present it to Congress each year.

Now, that information will be readily available online for students to consider when choosing a college or university to attend. …

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