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September 17, 2010

 

DiNapoli: CUNY Improves Campus Crime Reporting Methods



City University of New York (CUNY) officials have made significant progress in reporting crime and safety statistics in accordance with the Clery Act, according to a follow-up audit issued today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. CUNY implemented seven of the prior audit’s eight recommendations, and had made partial progress on the remaining recommendation.

 “Campus safety is the most important thing on a family’s mind as college students start school this fall,” DiNapoli said. “By implementing our recommendations, CUNY shows that accurately reporting crime statistics is a priority.”

DiNapoli’s follow-up audit found that CUNY’s central office is enforcing compliance with the Clery Act on each campus. Officials provided training on preparing annual security reports (ASRs) and scheduled follow-up internal audits with non-compliant campuses. CUNY is also requiring all campuses to revise ASRs for 2007 and 2008 to make sure they are accurate and compliant.

DiNapoli’s office released a follow-up audit on the Clery Act at State University of New York (SUNY) campuses in February. That audit found that SUNY had implemented all five recommendations.

Established in 1990, the Clery Act requires public and private colleges that receive financial aid programs to publish annual security reports on campus safety policies and crime statistics. The reports include statistics on criminal homicide, sexual offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, motor vehicle theft, liquor and drug violations, and illegal weapons possession.




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