Law will require colleges to make sex offender info publicly available

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Clinton signed a bill in October requiringcolleges and universities to make available the identities of all the registeredsex offenders who are employed or enrolled on their campuses.

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, which is included in HR 3244,the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, will requireschools to give students a place to go to find out the names of sex offendersenrolled at or employed by the institution.

Each state must keep track of convicted sex offenders and report thatinformation to all the colleges in the state. The campus police must thenprovide the information to students who request it.

The Oklahoma State University Police Department has said it will postthe names and photos of all registered sex offenders enrolled or employedon the campus on its Web site once the information is available, accordingto an article in the university’s student newspaper, the Daily O’Collegian.