While McCaskill — who has promoted legislation that would toughen oversight of colleges on sexual assault — has long been critical of the Clery Act, her statements last week were especially condemnatory. The comments, which came during McCaskill’s keynote address at last week’s Campus Safety National Forum, elicited cheers from campus law enforcement officials and concern from campus safety groups.
“I don’t need to tell you it’s flawed,” McCaskill said to the gathering of college security officials on Thursday. “To be honest with you, I am OK with removing the Clery Act completely.”
Adding that the Clery Act accomplishes little besides being “a waste of time pushing paper” for campus safety officials, McCaskill said she would ultimately like to see the law replaced with something that would provide a clearer picture of what crimes are taking place on campuses. “My goal is to remove [the Clery Act,],” she added. “Or at a minimum, simplify it…read more