Is Your Child’s College Campus Safe?

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At this time of year, parents are preparing to send their sons or daughters off to college. One of the many concerns is how safe the college campus will be. Fortunately for parents and students, a number of steps have been taken to increase the safety on campuses all across the country.

In 1990, Congress passed a law named the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act,” also known as the “Clery Act.” The law has been amended several times since and requires both private and public colleges to keep and disclose crime statistics for crimes both on and near the campus. It also requires colleges to have a plan for community notification in the event of an emergency. All schools that receive federal financial aid must publish a report every fall covering the prior three years. The results of the reports are maintained by the U.S. Department of Education. You can find the Department of Education’s “National College Campus Crime Information” link on our “United States Free Public Records Directory” page.

The college crime information can be searched two ways either for one institution or for a group of colleges. You can search “one campus” by name of institution, city, state, size of enrollment or type of institution. The results include the type of criminal offense on campus, off campus and on nearby public property. You can search “a group of institutions” by state, type of institution, size of enrollment and program type.

Another way to search crime statistics near a college campus is through the “crime reports” website, also found on our main “U.S.” page. Using this website you can search crimes by address, crime type and date range.

Using the information obtained from the above links, and several other valuable sources of information including the U.S. News and World Reports article entitled “Ways Parents, Students can Research Campus Safety” by Briana Boyington, on June 16, 2014, and the “Jeanne Cleary Act Information” website, you can feel more informed and better prepared to make decisions about your child’s safety while attending college.

For other types of public information be sure to view our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website, which can be searched by record type, and state, county or city.