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TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Senseless records requirement

After reading the Aug. 20 article “WSU draws fine from feds,” I believe I finally understand why there are tuition increases nationwide at the college and university levels. One of the causes is government, and in particular the federal government.

The article states that WSU improperly reported certain crimes under the Clery Act and is subject to fines of $82,500. What is the Clery Act? Apparently it compiles records of certain crimes on college and university campuses. I ask for what purpose, at what cost, and does anyone other than those involved read the reports?

The costs to WSU are not just the fine but are ongoing, according to the article. Someone has to administer the plan on campus, most likely with a secretary, and the campus police have to maintain records, probably duplicates. How much does this add up to yearly, and is it reflected in tuition costs?

I have no way of knowing, but I am certain that WSU has to respond to many other programs that the feds control that have little or no value. It is time for the feds to become human and change their ways.

Ken Anderson


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