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.