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Sen. McCaskill calls for an end to Clery Act

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill proposed bill that would require more effective reporting
University Business, August 2015

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says the Clery Act, signed into law in 1990, has outlived its usefulness.

Speaking in June to a national conference hosted by Campus Safety magazine, McCaskill said the current law “doesn’t accomplish squat.” If McCaskill gets her wish, Clery would be replaced with a law that requires more effective reporting. “To be honest with you, I am OK removing the Clery Act completely,” she said.

In February, McCaskill introduced a replacement bill called the Campus Safety and Accountability Act (CASA). Rather than relying on colleges to collect data, CASA would compile statistics based on anonymous surveys of college students about their experience with sexual violence on campus. CASA currently awaits action in Congress. —Tim Goral