Public Safety

Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act

The “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” is a federal law enacted October 28, 2000, that calls for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. The act amends the “Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act” to require sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the offender is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. State procedures ensure that this registration information is promptly made available to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction where the institutions of higher education are located and that it is entered into appropriate state records or data systems. These changes take effect October 28, 2002. These requirements are tied to state eligibility for certain types of federal grant funding and must be implemented through state law.

The act also amends the “Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Public Safety Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” to require institutions of higher education to issue a statement, in addition to other disclosures required under that act, advising the campus community of where to obtain information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders. These changes take effect October 28, 2002, and this notice will be a requirement beginning with the annual Public Safety report due October 1, 2003. In the state of New Jersey, information about registered sex offenders can be found through the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety’s N. J. Sex Offender Registry at: http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/reg_sexoffend.html.

If you experience technical problems or have inquiries about the Sex Offender Registry, please e-mail the NJ Department of Law & Public Safety’s Citizen Services at: lpaciti@lps.state.nj.us.