Under a new state law amendment that goes into effect July 1, Stanford University police officers, security personnel and any other staff who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities will be required to immediately, rather than on an annual basis, report to local law enforcement when they become aware of any violent crime, sexual assault, hate crime or any attempt to commit one of these crimes.
The amendment to California Education Code 67380, which is meant to protect student safety at colleges and universities, was passed in September 2014 with a deadline of July 1, 2015. This goes beyond what is required by federal law under the Clery Act, which requires campus security authorities (CSAs) to report to the university certain crimes that occur on campus or property owned or controlled by the university.
At Stanford, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) collects this information and reports it to the U.S. Department of Education in the university's Annual Safety and Security Report, which is released each year by Oct. 1.
Other examples of campus security authorities, who under the new education code must report not only incidents they're directly told about but also reports victims make to other campus employees that are then conveyed to campus security authorities, including coaches, university judicial officers, Title IX staff, Residential Education staff, Greek life coordinators, counselors and others who work closely with students (other than faculty engaged in teaching), according to DPS. Stanford employees who have questions about their CSA status or requirements can contact the university's Clery compliance coordinator, Annette Spicuzza, at Cleryinfo@stanford.edu.
The crimes which must be reported are: homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, sexual battery, or the threat of any of these crimes and any hate crime, according to the university.
The CSA must report the type of the crime, location and date and time of occurrence to law enforcement. If the victim consents to being identified, the CSA can also provide his or her name and the name of the alleged perpetrator. If the victim does not want to be identified, then the name of the alleged perpetrator is not to be provided either, according to the university, unless there is a concern for the immediate safety of the campus community.
In order to facilitate the university's compliance with this new state law, the Department of Public Safety has established a 24-hour reporting phone line to receive CSA reports. (The phone number is 650-222-5147.)
Reports made to the compliance call center will be shared with the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where the crime occurred, according to DPS. Information reported through this new system will also be shared with the university's Title IX office; however, because state and federal law have different requirements and response obligations, individuals reporting sexual assaults are currently required to notify both DPS and the Title IX Office.