Enacted in 1990, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crimes Statistics Act (“Clery Act”) was designed to assist students in making decisions that affect their personal safety and to make sure institutions of higher education provide students, prospective students, faculty and staff with the information they need to avoid becoming victims of campus crime. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 expanded institutions’ obligations under the Clery Act and created new reporting responsibilities concerning fire safety. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to:
- Publish an annual report by October 1 that contains three years of campus crime statistics and certain campus security policy statements. This report contains crime statistics for calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
- Publish an annual report by October 1 that contains three years of fire statistics for on-campus student housing facilities and certain campus fire safety policy statements. This report contains fire statistics for calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
- Disclose crime statistics for the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus and certain non-campus facilities. The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement and other university officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities.”
- Provide “timely warning” notices of those crimes that have occurred and pose an ongoing “threat to students and employees.”
- Disclose in a public crime log any crime that occurred on campus or within the patrol jurisdiction of the campus police or the campus security department and is reported to the campus police or security department.
- Disclose in a public fire log any fire that occurred in an on-campus student housing facility, by date the fire occurred.
Public Record Keeping
Personally identifiable information regarding incidents or complaints of sexual assault or relationship violence will not be publicly released, except where required by law or court order. Personally identifiable student information is protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and the University’s Policy on the Privacy Rights of Students. Statistical crime reporting and crime alerts required by the Clery Act do not include personally identifiable information.