What is the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act)?
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, is a federal law that requires all U.S. colleges and universities (including foreign campuses of U.S. institutions), both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs to maintain and disclose certain crime statistics and campus security/fire information. The Clery Act mandates requirements for incidents of sexual violence and emergency situations.
Disclosures about required crime and fire statistics and summaries of security and fire policies are made in an Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report on Student Housing. Information about specific crimes and emergencies is made available on an ongoing basis through the daily crime log, fire log, timely warnings, and emergency notifications.
The Act was designed to assist students, parents, and other members of the campus community in making decisions which affect their personal safety. The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to provide current and prospective students and employees with accurate, complete, and timely information about crime and campus safety.
What are the major requirements of the Act?
Under the Clery Act, each University must:
- Identify Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) and collect information from the CSAs about crimes that have been reported to them;
- Publish an Annual Security Report by October 1st of each year. The report must be made available to all current and prospective students and employees;
- Create, maintain, and make available a daily crime log documenting the nature, date and general location of each crime;
- Disclose statistics for reported Clery crimes that occur on campus, on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus, and in or on non-campus buildings or property that the institution owns or controls;
- Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or continuing threat to students and employees;
- Initiate notification procedures for any significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees;
- Disclose fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus housing and statistics for fires that occur in those facilities and maintain a fire log;
- Have missing student notification policies and procedures in place for students who reside in on-campus housing; and
- Provide programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and adopt institutional policies for handling such alleged offenses in accordance with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) requirements.