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Unreported Crime Stats from some SUNY Schools

By Eileen Buckley


Buffalo, NY – The State Comptroller says two-thirds of state colleges and universities failed to report all the crime committed on campus. Thomas DiNapoli appeared in Buffalo Wednesday to release an audit that discovered faulty reporting on crime stats by SUNY campuses.

Under the federal Clery Act, the schools are required to report crime stats to the Department of Education. Auditors found inconsistencies in 19 of 28 SUNY Schools. DiNapoli says auditors visited four SUNY schools that included the University at Buffalo to review crime records from 2006.

UB says the discrepancies were the result of honest errors made when interpreting requirements of the Clery act for indexing crimes. But UB has taken immediate steps to correct the reporting errors.

UB Chief of Police Gerald Schoenle says he welcomed the audit because the reporting system is complicated. Schoenle also noted that UB reported stats of off-campus crimes.

Buffalo State and Fredonia were also cited for less than 20 unreported incidents.

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