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Dec. 18, 2007
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EMU receives DOE decision on Clery Act violations

YPSILANTI - As expected, EMU has received fines from the Department of Education (DOE) regarding Clery Act violations. The fines total $357,500.

As part of the DOE process, EMU will request a hearing. EMU must make any appeal before Jan. 4, 2008.

“The ruling by the DOE is consistent with the Regents’ internal report, as well as the DOE’s Program Review Report,” said Donald M. Loppnow, provost and executive vice president of EMU. “We expected this and we will accept the final outcome once we have completed the process.”

“It is very important to note that EMU has moved forward with its measures to improve campus safety and security,” Loppnow said.

Those measures include:

• increasing police patrols on campus;

• hiring a security firm to augment the EMU Department of Public Safety;

• extending staff hours in the residence halls;

• enhancing the video surveillance system on campus;

• hiring TranSystems, of East Lansing, to conduct a comprehensive security audit;

• and conducting a national search for a new director of public safety.

“Many people have been involved in the last year to help EMU improve campus safety and security. We all are committed to the goal of not only improving in these areas, but becoming a positive benchmark in campus safety,” Loppnow said.

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