Texas University Face Fines for Possible Clery Act Violations

ARLINGTON, Texas — The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) faces fines up to $82,500 for not complying with Clery Act requirements in 2008.

In a letter issued to the university, the U.S. Department of Education stated that UTA had improperly compiled, classified and disclosed crime statistics in 2008, The Shorthorn reports. Additionally, the notice mentioned that the UTA police department misclassified three offenses and crimes in 2008, including a forcible sex offense as an assault and aggravated assault as “assault of a family member.” Lastly, the DOE noted that UTA under-reported seven liquor law violations, 16 drug law violations and four weapons law violations.

The DOE has granted UTA a request for hearing regarding possible Clery Act violations on April 23, after UTA officials submitted a hearing statement, a written declaration detailing why the fine should not be imposed.

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