University First To Violate Security Law Twice


The U.S. Department of Education may penalize Miami University of Ohio breaking a federal campus-security law, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Miami is the first U.S. college to be twice found in violation of the Clery Act since its enactment in 1990, says S. Daniel Carter of Security on Campus Inc., a nonprofit group founded by the parents of a murdered college student, Jeanne Clery. The law requires colleges and universities to disclose certain campus crimes and to afford sexual assault victims certain rights.

The new breach involves Miami’s admitted failure to inform sexual assault victims about outcomes of their attackers’ campus disciplinary cases. Miami had been cited by the Education Department for that offense before, and, in 1997, agreed to provide written notices to both accusers and the accused. The law allows the Education Department to levy a fine of about $25,000 per violation. A Miami student who was molested in her dorm room in 2003 was shocked to learn that the man convicted of sexual imposition and aggravated trespass in that attack, had been permitted to return to campus and was accused in an off-campus rape of a fellow student.


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