The University of Texas at San Antonio has reached a $670,000 settlement with the Department of Education for underreporting crimes on campus, President Taylor Eighmy announced Tuesday.
By law, colleges and universities are required to track and submit campus crime statistics to the federal government. An audit of UTSA’s reporting by the U.S. Department of Education Office of the Inspector General, which began in 2019, found that UTSA had failed to report 55 criminal incidents between 2015 and 2017, Eighmy wrote in a letter to the campus community.
In addition to the payment, the university has introduced new initiatives to improve its campus crime reporting, including revamping the Title IX program office, establishing the UTSA Behavioral Intervention Team and making various other changes outlined on the university’s website.
“Over the last five years, we have since taken substantial remedial actions and process improvements to ensure ongoing compliance with the [Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act]. I encourage you to read more about these measures and our work with the Department of Education to proactively address the matter,” Eighmy wrote in the letter. “As we continue to strive for improvement, I want to thank our colleagues who have been instrumental in implementing the programs and initiatives put in place to ensure a campus environment where all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are safe.”