Campus Crime Reports and Registered Sex Offender Information
In accordance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, colleges and universities are required to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime, security policies and procedures, and registered sex offenders. Schools must publish an annual report every year by October 1 that contains three years of campus crime statistics and certain public safety policy statements. This report is made available to all students and employees at www.howardcc.edu/services-support/public-safety/reports-forms/.
The Act amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to clarify that nothing in that Act may be construed to prohibit an educational institution from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders; and requires the secretary of education to take appropriate steps to notify educational institutions that disclosure of this information is permitted.
To find the sex offender registry for Maryland, go to www.dpscs.state.md.us/sorSearch or access the web link through HCC’s website public safety page listed above. This site provides information on registered sex offenders enrolled and/or employed at all Maryland institutions of higher education.
In addition, sex offenders are required to register at the college’s public safety office prior to registering for any course or program at HCC. The college will not hire any convicted sex offender; therefore, sex offenders should not apply for vacant positions. Disclosure of information provided to the public safety office will be provided to the vice president of administration and finance and the vice president of student services accordingly. Additional campus notifications will be initiated as deemed necessary. Failure to register with the college’s public safety office will result in disciplinary action including expulsion, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.