The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act set the requirements for sexual offender registration and community notification. The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at, or employed by, institutions of higher education. It requires sex offenders, already required to register in a state, to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which that person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. This registration is to be made available to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction where the institutions of higher education are located. Institutions of higher education are required to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information, provided by the state concerning registered sex offenders, may be obtained. This will be a requirement within the institution's annual security report, effective October 1, 2003.
The Act 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.
Persons seeking to obtain sex offender registration information may contact the Lehigh University Police Department at 610-758-4200, Bethlehem Police Department at 610-865-7187, or the PA State Police web site at www.psp.state.pa.us.