Criminal Sciences Assists University of Southern California Fraternity in Taking Proactive Measures to Educate its Members About Sexual Misconduct and the Clery Act

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Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and Criminal Sciences team up to provide seminar on understanding, identifying and preventing sexual assault and other Clery Act-related crimes

Criminal Sciences, the first to deliver real-time, Clery Act-compliant reporting tools specifically designed for Campus Security Authorities (CSAs), campus administrators, campus safety directors and public safety officials, announced today that it will conduct a seminar on September 17th to educate Phi Sigma Kappa’s active and associate membership on Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), pending legislation and technology that potentially impact how crimes are reported and prosecuted.

The seminar comes in response to the increase in sexual assault reports on college campuses nationwide and the passage of new legislation including California’s “Yes-Means-Yes” law.

The goal of the Criminal Sciences seminar is to provide the members of Phi Sigma Kappa’s chapter at the University of Southern California with a better understanding of the federal and state laws regarding sexual misconduct and other Clery related crimes and to empower students to take a more active role in bystander intervention and campus crime prevention.

The seminar will be conducted by Criminal Sciences’ Jason D. Friedberg, a former chief of police at Bucknell University and nationally recognized campus safety expert.

Criminal Sciences’ CSA Report solution was featured in the March/April issue of Emergency Management Magazine and is the only Clery compliant tool that assists colleges and universities in streamlining their real-time reporting procedures.

Clay Frey, founder and CEO of Criminal Sciences, commended the organization for taking a stand. “This is the first fraternity in the country to make an effort to proactively educate its members in order to create a safer campus environment. Fraternities are usually ground zero for this type of activity, so the fact that you have a Greek organization trying to get out in front of this and make a difference should be applauded.” Criminal Sciences’ technology assists Title IV institutions gather, respond, report and audit information in real-time, ensuring Department of Education compliance with federal and state laws.

Keaton Smith, a USC senior and Phi Sigma Kappa’s president, observed, "It is possible for the Greek system and fraternities to exist in the modern world, as long as they continue to innovate and be wary of archaic or dangerous practices." While the fraternity has not had any member related incidents, it is their goal to improve their image and the quality of their membership, both interpersonally and academically, as well as raise the bar when it comes to fraternity conduct both on and off campus.

The seminar will take place at the Phi Sigma Kappa chapter house on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:30 PM. Phi Sigma Kappa is located at 928 W. 28th Street, on the corner of Hoover and 28th, just north of the USC campus. The event is open to Greek leadership, USC Department of Public Safety, university officials, LAPD command staff and other invested guests.

About the Clery Act:
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act is a federal statute that requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $35,000 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs. The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986.

About Criminal Sciences:
Criminal Sciences is a SAAS (“Software As A Solution”) provider of easy installation, user friendly and affordable Clery Act reporting tools, Student (K-12) reporting tools and Law Enforcement Dashboard/Management Tools. The company was formed based on working knowledge of law enforcement, business intelligence and the desire to make a difference in law enforcement and campus safety in America. Our scalable cloud-based security solutions bring together best-of-breed technology combined with tenured law enforcement and Clery Act experience that is unparalleled in the industry, helping you to safeguard what matters most - people.

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