The Clery Act: Campus Security and Crime Data Reporting

The main objective of this session is to make sure you know what the Clery Act covers and what is required to comply with the law. By the time the session is over, you will understand the basics of what “Clery geography” means and why it’s so important; the classification of crimes covered by the Clery Act; recent changes to the law, including amendments under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013; the interplay on campus of other federal laws, such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Title IX; requirements for collecting and reporting crime statistics; and emergency notification and timely warnings.

Why “The Clery Act: Campus Security and Crime Data Reporting” Matters:

Campus safety and security is a vital concern to the entire campus community—students, families, and all employees. The Clery Act requires all postsecondary schools that participate in Title IV financial aid programs to record and report crime and security data in and around college campuses. Under the Clery Act, schools must publish an annual security report (ASR) detailing security policies and 3 years’ worth of campus crime statistics for certain offenses. Schools are required to provide accurate, complete, and timely information to current students and employees and to tell prospective students and employees about the availability of the report. Noncompliance with the Clery Act’s regulations can be devastating for the entire school community.

Key Points:

  • All colleges and universities that participate in the Higher Education Act’s Title IV programs must comply with the Clery Act.
  • The Clery Act covers only specific crimes, known as Clery Act crimes.
  • The Clery Act covers only specific geographic categories, known as Clery geography.
  • Schools must publish and distribute an annual security report.
  • The report must include three years of campus crime and security statistics from numerous sources.

Duration: 46 minutes

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