Sex Crimes Prevention Act
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 (CSCPA) is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at, or employed by, institutions of higher education. CSCPAis an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act. The CSCPA further amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to clarify that nothing in the Act can prohibit an educational institution from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders.
In accordance with the CSCPAand 730/150 Illinois Compiled Statue (ILCS), Sex Offender Registration Act, and 730/152 ILCS, The Sex Offender and Child Murderer Community Notification Law, adult criminal sex offenders, who must register with law enforcement officials, must also notify those officials of their enrollment or employment at institutions of higher education within the state. The language defines any registrant who “is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student” at an institution of higher education in the state. The requirements apply to those who: (1) are enrolled in any institution of higher education in the state on a full-time or part-time basis, or (2) have any sort of full-time or part-time employment at an institution of higher education in the state, with or without compensation, for more than 10 days, or for an aggregate period exceeding 30 days in a calendar year. Any change in employment or educational status is to be reported to the registering jurisdiction.
Sex offenders must register with the Chief of Police with the city or Sheriff of the county in which he or she resides, is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student at an institution of higher education. This includes out-of-state employees and students. Out-of-State employees and students shall register within 10 days of enrolling in school or beginning employment. The following law enforcement agencies have jurisdiction over Southwestern Illinois College’s campus.
Law Enforcement Agencies Jurisdiction over SWIC Campuses
- Belleville Campus
- St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department
- Sam Wolf Granite City Campus
- Granite City Police Department
- Red Bud Campus
- Red Bud Police Department or
- Randolph County Sheriff’s Department
- PSOP Branch Office
- Belleville Police Department
- Fire Science Center
- Belleville Police Department
- Off-Campus Sites
- City or Sheriff of the city or county in which the off-site course is being offered
The registrant’s information should then be forwarded to campus police of the school or institution of higher education where the adult criminal sex offender is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. The Department of Public Safety, Investigation Section, is the central repository for registered sex offender information for SWIC.
In accordance with the CSCPA, the college must notify the SWIC community of where this information can be obtained. To request information regarding registered sex offenders, including those enrolled or employed at Southwestern, visit the Illinois State Police website at Illinois State Police Web site (Registered Sex Offender Information), National Sex Offender Public Registry at www.nsopr.gov, SWIC’s Department of Public Safety Web page, www.swic.edu/publicsafety, or the Department of Public Safety Investigations, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, Illinois during normal operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays per the published college calendar
The following information may be released about adult offenders: name, address, date of birth, place of employment, school attended, offense or adjudication, and offender’s photograph or other such information that will help identify the sex offender. Adjudicated juveniles are NOT posted on the Illinois State Police Sex Offender website; therefore, juvenile information shall NOT be released.