Sex Offender Notification Statement

The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, effective October 28, 2002, demands that the higher education entities be involved in community notification regarding campus affiliates and that such entities issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state regarding registered sex offenders may be obtained. The Campus Sex Crimes Act also mandates that sex offenders who are already required to register in a state to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. In turn, The State of New Jersey is obligated to notify Cumberland County College when any registered individual convicted of one or more of eight separate offenses registers as a student or becomes employed by the college.

Cumberland County College, Department of Safety and Security, in compliance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, is obliged under law to make information available to the university community in order to afford the community with the opportunity to be aware of the condition of their environment concerning known sex offenders. This information is not to be used in any other fashion or for any other purpose. Information regarding the enrollment or employment of convicted sex offenders is available from the Cumberland County College Security and Safety Office X1222.

Information regarding Sex Crimes Offenders is available on the New Jersey Sex Offender Registry accessible through the internet at http://www.nj.gov/njsp/info/reg_sexoffend.html

Excerpts from the New Jersey State Police Web site follow:

Under Megan's Law, New Jersey law authorizes the Division of State Police to make available to the public over the Internet information about certain sex offenders required to register. The sex offender Internet registry law can be found in the New Jersey Code at 2C:7-12 to -19.... This information is made available on the Internet to facilitate public access to information about persons who have committed a sex offense, to enable a person to take appropriate precautions to protect oneself and those in your care from possible harm. Public access to registry information is intended solely for the protection of the public, and should never be used to threaten, intimidate or harass another.

Consistent with this public safety purpose of Megan's Law, the Internet registry law expressly prohibits the use of registry information for the purpose of applying for, obtaining, or denying health insurance, insurance, loans, credit, education, scholarships or fellowships, benefits privileges or services provided by any business establishment (unless for a purpose consistent with the enhancement of public safety), or housing or accommodations.

The law also makes it a crime, punishable by a term of imprisonment between three and five years and a fine of up to $15,000, to use registry information to commit a criminal offense, and makes it a disorderly persons offense, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, to use registry information to commit any disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense. These charges would be in addition to any charges related to the underlying criminal act committed. Source http://www.nj.gov/njsp/info/reg_sexoffend.html