Report Denounces University's Handling of Student's Rape and Murder
The US Department of Education has released an 18-page report confirming that Eastern Michigan University (EMU) mishandled student Laura Dickinson's rape and murder case in December 2006. The report accuses EMU of violating the Clery Act -- a federal law that requires universities to report campus crimes to the community. EMU could face up to $27,500 in fines for failing to give "timely warning" to the public about a possible safety threat, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The arrest of and charges against fellow student Orange Taylor, III for Dickinson's rape and murder in February came as a shock to the campus community, which believed that Dickinson had died of natural causes. "After [EMU] realized they had a murder, not only did they not warn people, they lied about it," Senior Vice President S. Daniel Carter of Security on Campus Inc -- a national nonprofit that ensures campus compliance with the Clery Act -- told the Washington Post. "Every other residential student on that campus was risking their lives."
Media Resources: Washington Post 6/21/07; Detroit Free Press 7/3/07; US Department of Education Report