Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990
The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act requires all post secondary institutions to collect and report the following information:
- Graduation rates for all undergraduate (including baccalaureate) full time, certificate and degree seeking students.
- Security policies, crime reporting policies, and criminal acts reported to campus security authorities or police, identifying: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft; and;
- for crimes that occurred on campuses that resulted in arrest: liquor law violations, drug abuse violations, and weapons possessions.
To comply with this Act, SMSU began gathering information and statistics during the 1990-91 school year and will annually report the information in the Student Handbook
It is important to note that these statistics reflect only those crimes or behaviors that are reported. National studies continue to tell us that sexual assaults and forms of harassment are severely under reported (some cite only 1 in 12 sexual assaults being reported on college campuses); we know that other behaviors like theft, illegal entry, and even simple assault go unreported as well. The campus security reports themselves, we hope, will continue to describe SMSU as a relatively safe campus environment, but we must not let that allow us to take our personal security too much for granted.
Starting in 2010, the Clery Act was amended to include mandatory reporting of fire incidents on campuses as well.
Information concerning crime statistics and fire incidents can be found here.