Penn State report shows limits of campus crime law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

For more than two decades, colleges have been required to publicly share details of campus crimes and report murders, rapes, robberies and other serious offenses to the federal government.

But the recently released investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal at Penn State found awareness and interest in the federal law known as the Clery Act to be "significantly lacking" at the State College campus.

National campus safety experts say such problems spread far beyond Penn State, even as the U.S. Department of Education has stepped up enforcement in recent years.

The 1990 law is named for Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered by a fellow student at a campus about 170 miles from Penn State.

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