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July 29 2014

New Florida Statute Requires Schools to Provide Information About Sex Offenders

The Florida Legislature has enacted a requirement for nonpublic colleges, universities and schools. All such institutions are required to inform employees and students at orientation and on the school's website of the existence of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement sexual-predator-registry website and the toll-free telephone number that gives access to sexual predator and sexual offender public information. There is an increased presence of sexual offenders or sexual predators who are often under the radar for most institutions: parents, grandparents, or individuals on the authorized pickup lists. Many schools do not perform criminal-background checks on these individuals.