Covering Up Crime Can Cost You

Not reporting incidents can damage a campus' credibility.
Published: June 3, 2010

It was disturbing for me to hear from a family member that school administrators in my old district were apparently caught covering up an incident where a group of students on a field trip where engaged in an orgy. Allegedly, a group of students who were not being properly supervised were caught using drugs and engaging in sex by a staff member who walked in on them. 

The incident was not reported to law enforcement authorities as required by law at the time. Later, a student filed a report that she had been raped during the incident, and now many parents are upset about how the situation was handled.  

If this representation of the chain of events is accurate, the district has suffered significant damage to its reputation. Though much progress has been made in the area of campus crime reporting, there are still too many incidents where campus officials suffer tremendous long-term damage to their credibility trying to keep incidents quiet. 

It takes decades for campus organizations to build public trust and credibility but only minutes to lose it.

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