Campus Crime-Reporting Legislation: Does Disclosure Foster a Sense of Empowerment Among Campus Community Members?

Suzette Cote, California State University, Sacramento

The issue of reporting crime on college and university campuses has been of important concern particularly for schools in California in recent months. In September 2000, through an in-depth investigation, The Sacramento Bee reported that many University of California campuses were not complying with the federal campus crime reporting law, the Jeane Clery Act. In a recent lawsuit filed by the Bee concerning public disclosure of crimes n the UC Davis campus, a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled that university officials are exempt from releasing public reports of crime. This paper will address the development and importance of reporting campus crime legislation and disclosure to the public. Specifically, the paper will investigate the issues of trust, empowerment, and fear of victimization on college campuses, analyzing whether having knowledge of these crimes among students, faculty, and staff will empower members of the campus community.

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Updated 05/20/2006