WITH NO public records law to fall back on, campus newspapers and the public are powerless to get detailed information about crimes at private universities and colleges. It’s time for the Legislature to shine some light on the dark corners of campuses.
Federal law requires all colleges — public and private — to provide aggregate crime statistics. The intent was to stop colleges from covering up crimes on campus. Massachusetts went a step further by requiring campus police to provide the public with log entries containing basic information on crimes and arrests. Now, advocates for greater transparency are pushing a bill that would give the public access to full arrest reports by campus police.