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CSUN is one of six campuses in violation of Clery Act

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CSUN was one of six colleges that failed to fully comply with the policies of the Clery Act in a 2010 report, the L.A. Times reported.

In a statement by the Clery Center for Security on Campus the Department of Education announced an increase of per-violation fine of the Clery Act. Prior to Oct. 2, the fine stood at $27,500 and is now $35,000.

The Clery Act  is a federal law requiring all campuses to give timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

The act was signed in 1990 and named after 19-year-old Jeanne Clery who was raped and murdered in her Lehigh University residence hall in 1986.

By following the act, CSUN will ensure their students are safe by reporting and effectively messaging in the case of crimes that are a threat to the CSUN community according to Joe DiPasquale, CEO of Regroup.

“I do believe the Clery Act has increased the standards that schools use to ensure they have adequate notification to their students in the event of an emergency,” said DiPasquale.
“Litigation related to the Clery Act has reinforced the focus on security and effective notification procedures at institutions of higher education in the U.S.”

DiPasquale said universities can improve their community by having an emergency notification system. Emergency messaging companies like Regroup are the easiest and most effective way to ensure compliance with the Clery Act and to promote the safety of students through mass notification.

“I believe recent dangerous acts at institutions of higher education underscore the importance of the Clery Act,” said DiPasquale.

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  1. I just looked at the audit, California State Auditor Report 2012-032, and found that on Page 13, CSUN “failed to comply” with the Clery Act because out of 347 thefts, they reported two as burglaries, a more serious crime.  So there were actually fewer crimes at CSUN than reported.  The other five institutions had similar over-reporting issues.

    Text from the report:As shown in the table, the majority of the errors we noted involved the institutions overreporting crimes. In particular, many of the errors involved institutions misidentifying thefts as burglaries: The Clery Act requires institutions to report the latter but not the former.

    This hardly seems as serious a violation as one might be led to believe by the Sundial and L.A. Times articles.

    1. Cleveland Steamers Oct 17, 2012

       The Sundial just rewrote the times article. You think they actually read the report? It took two Sundial Reporters to write eight paragraphs so you know they have issues.

      1. I’m disappointed that the LA Times didn’t at least quote the text that I did, above.  I know it’s a “this just in” piece, but it’s very misleading and does a major disservice to the colleges involved.

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