BettyJean and Alison Kiss discuss: Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC)
Security On Campus, Inc. has made a dramatic and far reaching impact on college campus crime reporting, campus crime victim rights and prevention initiatives to reduce campus crime over the past twenty-one years. Today, it remains the first and only nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of criminal violence at colleges and universities nationwide through educational, awareness, and policy initiatives.
At the core of efforts is the groundbreaking 1990 legislation originally known as the Campus Security Act. Renamed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act in 1998, in memory of the 19 year-old student who was brutally murdered in her college dorm room, this federal law requires institutions of higher education to release campus crime statistics and security policies to their current and prospective students and employees. Prior to this, only 4 % of colleges publicized this information; today, over 6,000 institutions of postsecondary education report crime statistics annually and are held accountable by the US Dept. of Ed. for doing so. SOC’s website provides access to a comprehensive database of these crime statistics and other pertinent information. SOC has many other Major Legislative Accomplishments.
Guided by the principle that crime awareness can prevent campus victimization, SOC has continued to advocate for more stringent campus security measures and has driven several amendments; The Campus Sexual Assault Victims' bill of Rights, of 1992 and Jeanne Clery Act in August 2008 and extending “Megan’s Law” notifications.
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