The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, which became effective on October 28, 2002, is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. This Act requires colleges to issue a statement advising the campus community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained and makes the college responsible for providing the name, address, birth date, place of employment, school attended, and offense to any individual on campus requesting information concerning sex offenders attending or employed by the college.
The Illinois State Police maintains a list of all sex offenders required to register in the State of Illinois. This database is updated daily and can be found at www.isp.state.il.us/sor. The Moraine Valley Community College Police Department also maintains a sex offender list that contains the names and information for all known sex offenders enrolled at or employed by the College. This sex offender list is available for the college community to view at the Moraine Valley Community College Police Department.
Additionally, federal and state laws require sex offenders to take certain steps upon enrollment in an institution of higher education, regardless of whether their enrollment is full or part time. Pursuant to the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, individuals are required register as a sex offender in the jurisdiction where their residence is located and in the jurisdiction where the college they attend is located. In order to comply with federal and state registration requirements related to college enrollment, a sex offender must register within five days of attendance at a college by reporting in person to the Campus Police Department. Students who fail to register their status as sex offender are in violation of the registration act and face arrest and expulsion from the college.
Once a registered sex offender is identified as an enrollee of the college, the following procedure will be followed:
- Upon enrollment of a registered sex offender, the Dean of Students or her designee will meet with the college’s Police Chief or his designee to review the student’s class schedule and determine which restrictions should be put in place.
- After determining the appropriate restrictions for a particular student, the Police department will contact the registered sex offender student for a meeting to discuss the restrictions which will be in place while the student is on the college’s campus.
- During the meeting with the Police Chief (or his designee) and the registered sex offender student, Police Department will provide the student a written letter containing the restrictions the student must abide by while on the college’s campus and will discuss each restriction verbally with the student. During this meeting, the student will also be advised that his/her failure to comply with the restrictions outlined in the letter may result in denial of enrollment, access to campus and /or the decision to initiate police action against them by the college police department.
- If a sex offender student is enrolled in a college class along with a student who is under the age of 18, the Dean of Students will notify the instructor of the class of the student’s status as a sex offender. The Dean of Students will also determine if there are other college staff members who need to be notified of a student’s status as a registered sex offender in order to protect persons under the age of 18 on the college’s campus. In some circumstances, the registered sex offender may be required to enroll in a course section that does not contain minors.
- The Police Chief or his designee will notify the Director or the Moraine Valley Children’s Learning Center and any other college program solely serving students under the age of 18, of all registered sex offenders enrolled in or employed by Moraine Valley Community College.
- The college’s Police Department will maintain a database of all registered sex offender students and employees. The database will contain identifier information as outlined in the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act. This information will be available for review by any person requesting information on registered sex offenders enrolled or employed by the college.