The Michael Minger Act
The Michael Minger Act is a Kentucky state law that requires public colleges and universities as well as private institutions licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to report campus crimes to their employees, students, and the public on a timely basis. It was championed by Gail Minger after her 19-year-old son Michael (pictured right) was killed in an arson fire at Murray State University on September 18, 1998. Information about an earlier arson fire in Minger’s residence hall had been kept from students and their parents. The law took effect July 14, 2000 and additional provisions dealing with student housing fire safety took effect on July 13, 2004.
The Minger Act requires:
- A public crime log (to be available online) recording incidents known to campus police and other campus officials
- Special reports when there is an ongoing threat to the safety of students and employees
- Schools to report their crime statistics annually to the CPE, which has responsibility for developing formats for reporting crime statistics and ensuring annual reports are received
- The State Fire Marshal to be granted access to the property of the institution for the purpose of inspection, investigation, or any other action necessary to prevent fire loss or to determine the origin of any fire
- Campus officials to immediately report each fire or threat of fire to the state fire marshal’s office and local authorities
School officials that violate the law may be fined up to $1,500, be imprisoned in their county jail for up to 30 days, or both.