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Six colleges failed to comply with Cleary Act, audit finds

A state audit of six California colleges found that all failed to fully comply with the Cleary Act, which requires colleges that receive certain federal aid programs to publish security policies and crime statistics annually.

The schools  -- Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Cal State Northridge, Laney College in Oakland, San Bernardino Valley College, San Diego City College and University of the Pacific in Stockton – all inaccurately reported some crime statistics and failed to disclose all required campus security policies in 2010, said the report, which was released Tuesday.

Most of the schools failed to properly disclose emergency response and evacuation procedures.

The report recommends that the colleges review and adhere to guidance related to the Cleary Act and thoroughly review crime statistics before publication.

Four of the schools agreed with the audit’s findings and indicated that they had taken steps to address the concerns.

But two of the schools, Laney College and San Bernardino Valley College, disagreed with some findings, the report said.

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