Clery Act

What is the Clery Act?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities throughout the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their respective campus.

Because the law is directly tied to participation in federal student financial aid programs, it applies to most institutions of higher education, both public and private. The act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.

By October 1 of each year, institutions must publish and distribute their Annual Campus Security Report to current and prospective students and employees. Institutions are also allowed to provide notice of the report, a URL if available, and how to obtain a paper copy if desired.

This report is required to provide crime statistics for the prior three years, policy statements regarding various safety and security measures, campus crime prevention program descriptions, and procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses.

The "Clery Act" is named in memory of 19 year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery, who was raped and murdered on April 5, 1986 while asleep in her residence hall room.

Jeanne's parents, Connie and Howard discovered that students hadn't been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before Jeanne's murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the "Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990."

The law was amended in 1992 to add a requirement that schools afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights. It was amended again in 1998 to expand the reporting requirements. The 1998 amendments also formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.

The law was most recently amended in 2000 to require schools, beginning in 2003, to notify the campus community of where the public "Megan's Law" information regarding registered sex offenders on campus could be obtained.

For additional information regarding criminal offenses, crime prevention, or other concerns related to the Clery Act, please pick up a printed copy of the Campus Crime Report available in College Central or the Department of Police & Campus Safety, in the Academic Building, Suite 210.

pdf VC Campus Security Authority Crime Report Form


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