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Recent Judicial Decisions Affecting Campus Law Enforcement Administration

NCJ Number
Campus Law Enforcement Journal Volume: 29 Issue: 4 Dated: July/August 1999 Pages: 17-31
Robert D. Bickel; Peter F. Lake
Date Published
August 1999
10 pages
This paper makes reference to a variety of contexts in which State and Federal courts recently have commented on specific aspects of campus law enforcement administration.
The aim of the information is to facilitate campus law enforcement administration by providing the basis for a general discussion of legal issues. The paper begins by indicating courts have recently extended negligence rules to hold schools and universities and other organizations and establishments liable for crime-related injuries. Even though the criminal act is actually an intervening act, the land owner's antecedent negligence subjects him or her to liability if the criminal act was reasonably foreseeable. Specific court cases are cited that focus on the university's liability as a landowner or landlord, child trespassers and the "attractive nuisance" rule, and criminal intrusion and the safety of invitees and tenants. Other court cases are noted that concern university liability for the assault of female students by male students, campus security's knowledge of premise defects, gang-related activity involving non-students on campus, campus police involvement in criminal cases, hazing, search and seizure, video surveillance, first amendment civil rights, and sexual harassment. 22 footnotes