Rising Reports Of On-Campus Stalking Bring Changes To Clery Act

The most recent amendment to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act comes as a result of the rising rates of stalking on college campuses.

To support the amendment, Washington State University has released their annual safety report which shows a surprising 16 cases of stalking occurring on campus during the 2013 school year.

The University of Idaho also released their own report and show results similar to those at WSU. Their report showed four cases of on campus stalking.

The changes to the Clery Act made in October requires all colleges and universities receiving funds from the federal government to track all reported cases of stalking, domestic violence and dating violence. The Clery Act keeps the schools accountable for how these cases are dealt with ensuring that victims receive proper care and that those accused of assault are dealt with properly.

Public safety and security executive director at the University of Idaho, Matt Dorschel said “That was a new change to the law. The Clery Act was amended by the Violence Against Women Act that included a few categories that we are required to report on.”

There are suspected to be more cases of stalking each year that go unreported, however. The determining factor is reliant upon what some in law enforcement and college administration deem to actual stalking cases.

Chris Tennant of the Pullman Police Department in Washing says, “Washington State does have a statute on stalking. By that definition, there’s relatively few.” He does note that instances of extra phone calls, text messages, emails and any restraining order requests have the potential to be considered stalking and would certainly cause the amount of stalking cases to rise.

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