Philadelphia partner Scott Coffina wrote an article that was published in The Legal Intelligencer, titled, “Making the Clery Act a More Effective Crime-Reporting Tool.” The Clery Act is a valuable campus safety tool that, by law, requires colleges and universities to report and publish statistics of crimes that are reported to have occurred on and around campus. The law also requires schools to issue timely warnings when an incident occurs that poses a serious or continued threat to the safety of the campus community.
The act is enforced by the Department of Education’s student financial aid office and it is considered a consumer protection law intended to allow students and their parents to evaluate the safety of a school.
Scott proposed several ways to improve the statute to provide more practical and timely information to consumers about crimes on and around campus.
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