Registered Sex Offender Policy
Policy Number: 2__
Policy: The goal of this policy is to provide timely and appropriate notification in compliance with state and federal legislation, regarding sex offenders on campus. Specific details of any notification will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (section 1601) U.S. C., 1407 l j and 20 U.S.C. 1092 (f) (1) (1) is a federal law enacted on October 29, 2000. This law provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by the institutions of higher education.
This act requires sex offenders who are required by law to register in a state, to also provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state where the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student.
This law also required that institutions of higher education issue a statement advising the campus community of the availability of the information. Further, Arkansas Code Annotated 12-12-913 (b) provides that “[l] local law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction shall disclose, in accordance with guidelines promulgated by [Arkansas] Sex Offenders Assessment Committee, relevant and necessary for public protection”.
The UALR Community Sex Offender Notification committee is an administrative committee consisting of representatives from law enforcement, student services, and academic administrators. The Office of General Counsel serves in an advisory capacity to the committee. Representatives of other offices may be involved as necessary. The purpose of this committee is to advise the UALR Police Department in developing general guidelines and practices concerning notification procedures and in determining the extent of notification that may be appropriate with regard to specific offenders in compliance with state and federal law and consistent with the educational mission of the University.
A written summary of campus guidelines and the notification plan for each offender will be maintained at the UALR Police Department. Determinations regarding notifications will be made by the UALR Police in consultation with the Committee and other appropriate campus officials (e.g., head of the affected unit), law enforcement officials, or treatment specialists on a case by case basis and shall be guided by the offender’s risk assessment level in accordance with guidelines established by the Arkansas Sex Offenders Assessment Committee. Consistent with state guidelines, the notification plan should include who will be notified; who participated in preparation of the plan, the approval of the Director of the UALR Police Department or designee, and the date the plan was made. The record should also indicate the dates of notification.
When the risk assessment is not yet available or has not yet been completed, a review of all available information will occur, which may include consultation with an appropriate professional, and notification may be made on the basis of the available information pending the assignment of a risk assessment level by state officials.
Source: General Order 43.1.4, UALR Police Department
Approved By: Brad King, DPS