Audit urges SDSU to improve crime reporting

by Quinn Owen, News Editor

The California State University Chief Audit Officer’s internal review of San Diego State suggested the university make improvements in tracking and reporting on-campus security.

The audit said in some cases SDSU published too much information about the location of criminal activity and too little information about potential alcohol, drug and weapons violations.

The audit said private property, even if it’s close to campus, should not be included in the university’s reporting.

“The campus unnecessarily included in the list of Clery-reportable location several private businesses and residences … which are not required to be included,” the audit said.

The audit found SDSU was not documenting alleged policy violations until they were substantiated in the university judicial process.

While the CSU audit did not find any internal problems that would hinder the effectiveness of reporting on-campus security, it did make 11 recommendations for SDSU.

“We did identify opportunities for improvement in some areas,” the audit said.

The audit found several campus webpages had links to the annual security report that did not take users to the report site. It also said the location of the report of from SDSU’s main website was difficult to find.

The report advised SDSU to routinely test the links on its website to make sure they work.

Additionally, the report found the campus security authority administration should be trained to better understand the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics act of 1990.

SDSU said it will take action to remedy these issues by Jan. 31, 2016.

The SDSU Police Department could not be reached for comment by the time of publication.

The Daily Aztec will update this story as it develops.