ERIC Number: ED402624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Covering Campus Crime: A Handbook for Journalists.
Student Press Law Center, Washington, DC.
This handbook provides journalists with the information--both legal and practical--to successfully confront the roadblocks that might arise when covering campus crime. After an introductory section on campus crime reporting, sections of the handbook discusses what journalists' legal right of access to campus police records, campus crime statistics, and campus court information and how to pursue that information. The handbook also discusses "turning up the heat" (public pressure, school liability for failure to warn, and going to court) and avoiding common legal pitfalls in campus crime reporting (libel and invasion of privacy). The handbook's center spread presents a "road map" for campus crime reporters. An appendix presents citation of state laws on open records, open meetings, and open police logs; a sample state open records law request letter; a list of 12 campus crime reporting resources; addresses of U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education regional offices; and a letter from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education which provides an overview of the regulatory provisions, and guidance to institutions on how to receive technical assistance in administering the campus security regulations, and the Department's enforcement policy regarding them. Contains 90 notes. (RS)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Crime, Higher Education, Information Seeking, Legal Responsibility, News Reporting, School Security, State Legislation, Student Rights
Student Press Law Center, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1910, Arlington, VA 22209 ($2 per copy).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Student Press Law Center, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act 1990