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WSU should make offenders list accessible online

WSU can build public trust by posting online the names of registered offenders among its students and employees.
WSU can build public trust by posting online the names of registered offenders among its students and employees.

Wichita State University, which is exploring how to make its campus as secure as possible for its growing student body, has one obvious opportunity to build public trust – by posting online the names of registered offenders among its students and employees. As reporter Tim Potter revealed in the Sunday Eagle, anyone who wants to find out this public information must now go to the WSU police office and ask to see it. That’s user-unfriendly, and unnecessarily so in 2014. Given Wichita’s population, it’s probably not surprising that WSU has 12 of the 37 registered offenders currently in the state university system. And credit is due those offenders who are students trying to better themselves and their lives. But they’re registered as offenders for good reasons. WSU should do as the University of Kansas and Kansas State University have done and put its offenders list online. – Rhonda Holman

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