WICHITA – Thirty-seven registered criminal offenders are enrolled or employed at the six state universities in Kansas, a newspaper analysis has found.
Federal law requires universities to keep a list of the registered offenders at their schools and make the information available, The Wichita Eagle reports. But it’s not clear how many people know about the lists.
There are 12 offenders at Wichita State University, 10 at Kansas State University, seven at Pittsburg State University, five at the University of Kansas, two at Emporia State University and one at Fort Hays State. Their crimes include rape, indecent liberties with a child and use of a deadly weapon.
What information goes on a list and how it is provided to the public varies from campus to campus. Some post it online, while others require students and parents to go to the campus police offices and ask for it.
The Kansas Board of Regents, which oversees the state universities, said Friday that each school decides how to make the offender information available.
WSU lists the offenders’ full names, addresses, races and genders, dates of birth, types of offenses, dates they were registered by the KBI and dates WSU was notified. All of the crimes listed for the 12 people on the WSU list are sex crimes, including aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, aggravated indecent liberties, rape, attempted rape and rape with a child under 14, attempted criminal sodomy and unlawful sexual relations.
WSU Police Chief Sara Morris said people rarely ask for the list at the university police office. Even in the wake of an attack last month just south of the WSU campus, Morris said she doesn’t know of a single request for the list other than by an Eagle reporter. Police said a woman was beaten, raped and set on fire in the attack at a park.
Asked whether WSU could post its list online, Morris said she’s considering putting it in a different format, “maybe something that’s a little more user-friendly.”
In fairness to the offenders on the current list at WSU, Morris said, “These people have not caused an issue on our campus. They are trying to get an education. They are trying to get on with their lives.”