There are plenty of ways to break the law.
If you’re driving with a busted taillight, you’re breaking the law. If your car registration is expired, you’re breaking the law.
And this month, CSU has broken the law. The Clery Act, specifically.
The act requires that universities make available campus crime records and notify all students and faculty of the Web address where these records can be found by Oct. 1. By experts’ accounts, the university still is not in compliance with the Clery Act.
Was this done to hide a grisly, crime-ridden underbelly from prospective students? We really don’t think so.
When CSU Police Department Chief Dexter Yarbrough says the university’s violation of the Clery Act wasn’t malicious, we believe him. Oversights do happen, and with a law as loosely enforced as this one (on a complaints-only basis), this could have happened at any university.
So, since this isn’t exactly scandalous and it seems to be a relatively minor problem, why are we shouting it across our front page?
The very valid public safety issue aside, our answer is simple: Part of our role as a campus newspaper is to take a look at how our university is running.
Since CSU is an institution belonging to the people of the state of Colorado, we reason that Colorado taxpayers are the bosses of every CSU employee.
And as the boss, don’t you think you ought to know when your workers mess up?