Other Useful Sites

The College Board recommends Security On Campus, Inc., as one of two authoritative sources of information about crime and safety issues on campus:

Campus security

Sources of information

Here are some places beyond admission publications to look for specific facts.…

• General reference—Two good Web resources with links to campus-specific information are http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/campus.html, maintained by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education, and http://www.securityoncampus.org, maintained by the nonprofit Security On Campus, Inc.

     —The College Board College Handbook 23 (41st ed., 2003) (“Student Life”).

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Adapted from the Web site of Security On Campus, Inc.:

Security On Campus, Inc.

Security On Campus, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the goal of safer campuses for college and university students.

• SOC fosters security improvements through campus community initiatives.

• SOC educates current and prospective students about the prevalence of crime at schools across the country.

• SOC assists victims and their families by providing access to its files and guidance on laws, legal counsel, and victims’ organizations.

Legislative Accomplishments

SOC has succeeded in having six federal laws enacted.

• Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (1990):

Requires that schools provide students and staff with basic campus crime statistics and information about security policies.

• Buckley Amendment Clarification (1992):

Prevents records kept by campus police for law enforcement purposes from being classified as confidential “education” records.

• Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights (1992):

Requires schools to afford sexual-assault survivors certain rights, such as assistance with notifying the police.

• Foley Amendment (1998):

When a student is found to have broken a school rule in association with either a violent crime or a sex offense, the disciplinary case findings are no longer protected from disclosure under federal student-privacy laws.  (Victim information is protected.)

• Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (1998):

Amends the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 to eliminate loopholes and expand reporting requirements.  Statistics for specified “non-campus” and “public property” areas must be disclosed.  Schools with a security department must maintain a daily crime log.

• Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (2000):

Provides for the collection and disclosure of information about registered sex offenders who are either enrolled in or employed at an institution of higher education.


SOC was founded in 1987 by Connie and Howard Clery.  (In 1986 their daughter, a freshman at Lehigh University, had been beaten, raped, and murdered after she awoke during an attempted burglary of her dormitory room.)

     —About Security On Campus, Inc., http://www.securityoncampus.org/aboutsoc/.

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Information about campus crime statistics from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education can be found at its Campus Security page, http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/campus.html.  Crime statistics for individual college and university campuses can be accessed at:

Office of Postsecondary Educ., U.S. Dept. of Educ., Campus Crime and Security at Postsecondary Education Institutions, http://ope.ed.gov/security/.
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Information about the independent Harvard University security workers’ union, the Harvard University Security, Parking and Museum Guards Union, can be found at its home page, http://www.huspmgu.org/.
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Information about Harvard University’s campus security department, the Harvard University Police Department, can be found at its “About HUPD” page, http://www.hupd.harvard.edu/about_hupd.php.
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A scanner for police and security channels at Harvard University is available online, courtesy of our MIT research associates:

Police and Security Broadcasts at Harvard University. Boston Area University Police Radio. Cambridge; Boston. http://radio.stalcommpol.org:8000/listen.pls.

8 Aug. 2005.  Stalcommpol Inc.
 Student-Alumni Committee on Institutional Security Policy, Cambridge, MA.  
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