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APSU implements Nottingham Campus Crime Scene Investigation Act

Effective July 1, Austin Peay joined other state colleges and universities in implementing the Robert ‘Robbie Nottingham Campus Crime Scene Investigation Act of 2004, which Gov. Phil Bredesen signed into law April 15, 2004.

The bill requires all APSU faculty and staff to report any medically unattended deaths or allegations of rape that occur on campus.
Effective July 1, Austin Peay joined other state colleges and universities in implementing the “Robert ‘Robbie' Nottingham Campus Crime Scene Investigation Act of 2004,” which Gov. Phil Bredesen signed into law April 15, 2004.

The bill requires all APSU faculty and staff to report any medically unattended deaths or allegations of rape that occur on campus.

In addition, the campus police chief immediately must notify the Clarksville Police Department if a medically unattended death occurs on APSU property or if there is an allegation of any degree of rape (i.e., rape, aggravated rape, statutory rape) at the institution, unless prohibited by federal law.

Both agencies are required to participate in a joint investigation of the reported incident. In the case of a medically unattended death, the CPD will lead the investigation. In the case of an alleged rape, campus police will lead the investigation.

The only persons exempted from the requirement to report allegations of rape are licensed counselors, licensed medical professionals and members of the clergy who have received reports of such allegations while performing as University employees.

To read the new legislation in its entirety, visit APSU's campus police Web site at http://www.apsu.edu/police/index/html, and select “Campus Crime Scene Act.”
—Rebecca Mackey