Campus crime has been a locked issue in the vaults of campus police
nationwide for many years.
Efforts to enforce accurate reporting of crime statistics have
unfortunately gone unregulated, until recently.
To raise awareness on the issue, the East Tennessee Society of Professional
Journalists (ETSPJ) will bring representatives from the University of
Tennessee Police Department (UTPD) and leaders of a campus safety advocacy
group together to discuss crime on campus on Jan. 22 in Ramsey's
The meeting is scheduled to begin at noon in the Green Room.
Dorothy Bowles, UT professor of communications, will moderate the program
as the ETSPJ liaison.
Bowles will give background information about the combined legal efforts of
UT Student Publications several years ago to get information about crime at
the university open to the public.
The list of speakers will include Chief Ed Yovella of the UTPD, Dr. Thomas
Baer, father of a UT student murdered on campus and Daniel Carter, vice
president of Security on Campus, Inc.
Baer and Carter represent an activist point of view that supports open
reporting of campus crime by university police departments.
Baer's son, Tom, was stabbed during an altercation at a fraternity
house in 1988. Since that time, Baer and his wife, Margaret, have
to encourage legislation requiring colleges and universities to reveal
Carter represents the Security on Campus Web site that provides up to date
information on the legislation and forum discussions dealing with the
reporting of campus crime.
The forum is open to the public.
Group seeks stats on campus crime
Published: Thu Jan 21, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:50 p.m.