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Under the provisions of the Wetterling Act/Megan's Law, Dutchess Community College (the College) is responsible for providing a way in which its members can be informed when a convicted sex offender has become part of the campus community, either through enrollment or employment. Subsection (d) of the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act amended the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to permit educational institutions to disclose sex offender information received under the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) and community notification program.
When the College is notified by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) that a level 2 or level 3 sex offender is enrolled or employed at the campus, the campus community will be informed through DCC email.
Notifications will be issued under the heading of "Sex Offender Notice", which will direct concerned individuals to contact Campus Safety & Security for more information, however community members can obtain this information online for Level 2 and 3 Sex Offenders.
The Sex Offender Registration Act requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to maintain a Sex Offender Registry. The Registry contains information on sex offenders classified according to their risk of re-offending: low-risk (Level 1), moderate-risk (Level 2) and high-risk (Level 3). The Act requires that the Division also maintain a Subdirectory of Level 3 Sex Offenders. The DCJS Sex Offender Registry site contains their Subdirectory of Level 3 Sex Offenders as well as other information regarding New York State's Sex Offender Registry.
Sex offenders registered in New York are now required to notify the Registry of any institution of higher education at which he or she is, or expects to be, whether for compensation or not, enrolled, attending or employed, and whether such sex offender resides or expects to reside in a facility operated by the institution. Changes in status at the institution of higher education must also be reported to the Registry no later than ten days after such change.
The College will maintain on this website a listing of any registered sexual offenders reported to the College as being enrolled, attending, or employed at the College.
A synopsis of some of the basic laws pertaining to the Sexual Offender Registry may
be found below:
Correction Law §168-b requires that Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) include this information regarding an institution of higher education on its Registry.
Correction Law §168-c requires:
1. that the Department of Correctional Services, or hospital or local correctional facility in which a sex offender is confined, require that such sex offender complete a form notifying DCJS of his or her proposed address upon release and any institution of higher education at which the offender expects to be enrolled, attending or employed, and whether he or she expects to reside in a facility owned by the institution; and,
2. that a probation officer require that a supervised sex offender complete a form notifying DCJS of any change of address or any change of status in enrollment, attendance, employment or residence at any institution of higher education while under supervision.
Correction Law §168-d requires the court to obtain the name and address of any institution of higher education at which the offender expects to be employed, enrolled or attending and whether the offender expects to reside in a facility owned or operated by that institution.
Correction Law §168-e requires a sex offender released from a correctional facility to provide the name and address of any institution of higher education the offender expects to be employed by, enrolled at or attending and whether the offender expects to reside in a facility owned or operated by that institution.
Correction Law §168-j(4) and (5) set forth the notification procedures whenever a sex offender has indicated to DCJS that he or she will be enrolled in, attending or employed at an institution of higher education. DCJS will notify each law enforcement agency having jurisdiction.
This page includes information on registered sexual offenders reported as being enrolled, attending, or employed at DCC. Although the College attempts to include only accurate and complete information, the information found on this page reflects information provided to the College from the Division of Criminal Justice Services.
The College does not independently verify registration information. Users are cautioned that the information provided on this site is information of record that is reported to the College and may not reflect the current residence, status, or other information regarding an offender. The College makes no express or implied guarantee concerning the accuracy of this data.
Anyone who uses this information to injure, harass or commit a criminal act against any person may be subject to criminal prosecution.
There are currently no registered sex offenders enrolled or working at the College.