Campus crime reporting requirements expanded

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill talks at the Reynolds Alumni Center as part of her "Claire on Campus" tour to discuss sexual violence on campuses in Columbia, Mo, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. McCaskill is touring Missouri colleges and universities to seek feedback from students and faculty about sexual violence. (AP Photo/The Daily Tribune, Don Shrubshell)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government rule seeks to create more awareness of the extent of sexual assault on campuses.

Colleges and universities are required to compile and make crime statistics available on stalking, dating violence and domestic violence under a new rule announced by the Education Department.

The change falls under the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to report crime statistics on or near their campuses and provide warnings in a timely manner if safety is threatened. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 signed by President Barack Obama amended the Clery Act. Victims’ advocates have said the statistics, as currently compiled, don’t provide a full picture of the extent of sexual crimes.

The rule goes into effect July 1.

 

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