Date: August 28, 2018
“Campus rights activists and some experts are alarmed by a notice in the August 1 Federal Register. The Department of Justice program “Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking” (SMART) plans to collect questionnaires from approximately fifty colleges and universities on behalf of its “Campus Information Sharing and Response Project.”
The forms are estimated to take 15 minutes to complete. The data on campus policies and procedures will include information on “individuals found responsible and sanctioned for campus sexual misconduct policy violations.” The public has until August 31 to comment.
SMART was established by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The Act not only created a federal sex offender registry but also instructed states to post the personal data of offenders in their jurisdictions online, including addresses and photographs.
Walsh slots sex offenders into three categories: Tier Three consists of the most serious criminals, who must register for life and report their location every three months. Tier Two offenders register for 25 years and report every six months. Tier One offenders register for 15 years and report every year.
Failure to comply is a felony. Those who do comply confront severe limitations in employment, education, and social access. Some professions are closed to them; many universities will not enroll them; they cannot reside in areas with easy access to children. According to SMART’s website, the program provides “jurisdictions with guidance” and technical assistance to implement Walsh. One of its major functions is to provide funding to create sex offender registries
The alarm bell rings from several directions.”
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