New federal regulations on campus crime increase transparency

New rules that change what colleges have to do under the Clery Act were published Monday. The new regulations — the result of months of discussions and negotiations following the 2013 passage of the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act — are designed to lend greater transparency to the process by which colleges respond to crimes of sexual violence affecting students. 

Here’s the new information you’ll have access to under the regulations:

The new regulations go into effect July 1, 2015. However, the statutory provisions are already in effect, and the Department of Education has instructed colleges to make a “good faith effort” to comply right away. 

A good story idea for student journalists is to ask colleges how they are complying with the new law and how they will incorporate the new regulations. (A look at the #SaVEOurCampuses hashtag turns up many complaints about colleges failing to disclose statistics about stalking, dating violence or domestic violence.)

To see all of the changes, read the final regulations.