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Report cites Stony Brook for failing to report crimes

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a report Wednesday giving Stony Brook University and other SUNY colleges failing grades on their records of reporting crimes. DiNapoli says in the 25-page report

News 12 Staff

Oct 23, 2008, 12:11 AM

Updated 5,743 days ago

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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a report Wednesday giving Stony Brook University and other SUNY colleges failing grades on their records of reporting crimes.
DiNapoli says in the 25-page report that in 2006, 19 SUNY schools failed to report crimes like sexual offenses and burglaries. He gave two-thirds of the schools failing grades. Stony Brook was the worst offender according to the report. DiNapoli found 56 incidents out of 117 were not reported that year.
SUNY Stony Brook's Interim Police Chief Doug Little refutes the report saying "anytime there's a report of a crime on this campus - past present future - it's always reported and documented."
Some Stony Brook students say they?re not surprised. ?I think they want a lot of people to come to the campus and they want to seem as positive as possible," says junior Bill Wang.
Schools are required to report all on-campus crimes to the Federal Department of Education under the Cleary Act. Under the act, on-campus crimes are classified as more serious than they would be on the street. Little says he was unaware of the classification rules and that his staff was not property shown the guidelines of the act.
?I would say we had a difference of opinion and obviously we're going to comply to the act to the letter,? Little says.
The state can fine the school or deny funding if it deems appropriate to do so.


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