GS calls for students to report unreported crimes

Shiann Sivell

The Public Safety Clery Compliance and Records Management is asking for students and staff to relay any unreported crimes from 2017 in compliance with the Clery Act.

The deadline to submit these incidents in June 1, said PSCC and Records manager Rebecca Rhinehart. Any incidents sent in should provide the date and location of the incident and a brief description.

To submit the incidents, contact Rhinehart at 912-344-3205 or fill out the Eagle Eye Witness form.

The Clery Act of 1998, formally known as The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose statistics concerning certain criminal offenses reported to the local police or any official of the campus.

The law went to affect after 19-year-old Lehigh University student Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her campus hall of residence in 1986. The attack on Clery was one of 38 violent crimes unreported at the university in three years and her parents argued that, had the university’s crime record been known, Clery would not have attended the university.

The criminal offenses that campuses are required to report that occur on campus, in residential facilities, on non-campus property and on public property are:

  • murder/manslaughter
  • manslaughter by negligence
  • sex offenses
  • robbery
  • aggravated assault
  • burglary
  • motor vehicle theft
  • arson
  • domestic violence
  • dating violence
  • stalking
  • liquor law violations
  • drug violations
  • illegal weapons possession
  • hate crimes

Report on or off-campus crimes immediately to the Georgia Southern Police Department at 912-478-5234.