Texas State Admits to Misreporting Crime Numbers

September 16, 2019

Texas State University has stated that it misreported crime numbers for its campuses, reports The Texas Tribune.

The university is already under observation by the U.S. Department of Education and says that it will be updating the way it records and tracks crime numbers. Texas State's crime data were suspiciously low for a university of its size. Administrators said that the old system prevented accurate statistics.

The university could be in violation of the Clery Act, a federal statute that mandates that universities disclose on-campus crimes and alert students to potential safety concerns in a punctual manner. Violations can lead to hefty fines.

The Department of Education is providing the university with "technical assistance" and is working closely with university officials and campus police to review past years' crime records.

The annual campus security report is due next month, and university administrators said that it will contain accurate numbers.

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