The Student Right to Know Act requires an institution that participates in any student financial assistance program under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) to disclose information about graduation rates to current and prospective students. Institutions that award athletically-related student aid are also required under the Student Right to Know Act data related to the institutions student population and student-athlete graduation rates to potential student-athletes, their parents, coaches, and counselors.
To ensure students, faculty and staff may be informed members of the campus community and in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Cumberland University publishes statistics regarding crimes reported as occurring on campus and on adjacent public property. Security, the Vice President for Administration and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Dean of Students compile data regarding crimes reported on campus and by the Lebanon and Wilson County law enforcement agencies, maintaining statistics in accordance with definitions used in the FBI's uniform crime reporting system.
A detailed safety and security report is distributed to all current students and employees by October 1 each year. Representatives of Security, the Vice President for Administration and the Office of the Dean of Students compile reports received from CU students, faculty, staff, visitors, the Office of Residence Life and the Lebanon and Wilson County police departments. All current employees and all currently enrolled students receive the security report booklet via electronic methods. The data is also made available on the Cumberland University website (see safety and security report link above). Detail of the report can be provided by the Executive Vice President, Security, the Vice President for Administration or the Office of the Dean of Students.
The safety and security report reflects incidents that were reported as occurring on CU property, in CU facilities, on property controlled by recognized student organizations and on public property within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution (e.g., a sidewalk or street adjacent to campus).
In compliance with the Clery Act, college professional counselors are not required to inform Security, the Vice President for Administration or the Office of the Dean of Students about crimes brought to their attention by clients but, on a case-by-case basis, may voluntarily elect to provide information. Such reporting is encouraged, and if made, is included in published crime data. Occasionally, a student engages in criminal activity off campus. If such behavior is reported to Security, the Vice President for Administration or the Office of the Dean of Students by the Lebanon or Wilson County police departments or another source, the matter is reviewed and responded to in accordance with judicial procedures described in the CU Student Handbook. Similarly, violations of laws committed by faculty or staff are also subject to disciplinary action, as described in employee handbooks.
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where persons may obtain law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders. The Act also requires sex offenders 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 Tennessee, convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry maintained by the Tennessee Department of State Police. In accordance with the law, information concerning offenders registered may be disclosed to any person requesting information on specific individuals. For more information and to submit requests, please see the Tennessee State Police website.
All incidents of sexual offense are assumed to manifest evidence of gender bias. No other reported incidents or arrests manifested evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability.
Forcible sex offenses include any sexual act committed forcibly, against a person's will or where the victim is incapable of giving consent. Both "acquaintance rape" and "stranger rape" would be included in this category. Non-forcible sex offenses include incest and statutory rape.