Campus sex offender registries ineffective

April 2, 2007

Apparently beneath the radar, colleges and universities in the US maintain their own sex offender registries, often online with names and photographs.  A recent study on these inventories found that most students (and even the offenders themselves) have very little awareness that such registries even exist.  Sex offenders who responded to the study reported that they avoid interaction with college officials because of the listings, if they know about them.  Students are not aware of the registries, therefore rather than serving a public good, they merely serve to stigmatize offenders.  Inside Higher Education