The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (the "Act") is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled in or employed at institutions of higher education. Under the terms of the Act, states are required to compile registries of sex offenders, and to identify those offenders who are students or employees of institutions of higher education. The Act places the burden on the sex offender to report this information, and on the state to compile it, rather than on the educational institution to develop it.
The Act also requires institutions of higher education to notify their campus communities as to how and where such sex offender registry information can be accessed. Sex offender information in Georgia is compiled by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ("GBI"). The GBI's Web site allows a search of the sex offender database using various criteria, including city, county and zip code. The GBI's Web site is found at:
After reading the information contained on that Web page, go to the bottom of the page and click on "Sex Offender Search Page." (PLEASE NOTE that some versions of Netscape may not open the "Sex Offender Search Page" link. If a password box appears, you should use Microsoft Internet Explorer instead of Netscape. Paste the Web address into Internet Explorer, and you should be able to access the site without a password).