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ERIC Number: EJ830657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-30
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
In Campus-Crime Reports, There's Little Safety in the Numbers
Lipka, Sara
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n21 pA1 Jan 2009
Numbers suggest certainty, and when it comes to campus crime, everybody wants answers. Enacted nearly two decades ago, the federal Clery Act requires colleges to send the government detailed reports annually, describing their policies and tallying their total crimes. But even as campus security has become a national concern, some scholars of the Clery Act--and officials who must comply with it daily--challenge the wisdom of producing time and labor-intensive reports. And they puzzle over a seeming-paradox: The law requires them to publish the numbers, but students and their families do not seem to read them. This article reports that as a consumer-protection statute, the Clery Act has faltered. Its crime-reporting requirements were intended to inform families, to change students' behavior, and to keep them safe. But research on the use of the reports shows that very few students look--and even those who seek solid information may not find it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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