University of Nebraska at Kearney officials have expressed disappointment that the United States Department of Education has levied $65,000 in fines against UNK.
The department levied the fines after randomly choosing UNK for review in 2010 for how the campus compiled and reported crime statistics in its 2009 Annual Security Report, which included statistics from the years of 2006 through 2008.
The education department claims UNK did not provide accurate geographical breakdown of all incidents, that UNK didn’t properly distribute the 2009 report, and that UNK inaccurately reported a burglary as a larceny. UNK officials say the university responded immediately to resolve the concerns. UNK says it received a final determination from the Department’s Clery Act Compliance Team which indicated that the violations and their underlying causes had been addressed.
Last month, the Education Department notified UNK that it intends to impose fines of $27,500 each for the inaccurate geographical breakdown and failure to properly distribute the report. A fine of $10,000 will be imposed for miscoding the burglary as a larceny.
“UNK is a safe campus, with very low rates of crime overall and very few violent incidents,” said UNK spokeswoman Kelly Bartling in a statement. “We are disappointed in the nature and magnitude of these fines, but will remain proactive and vigilant in terms of campus safety and compliance.”