The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990

The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act was signed into law in 1990 and requires the university (since we participate in federal student aid programs) to publicaly disclose campus safety information.  The Act imposes basic requirements for handling incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  If a student or employee feels the university did not provide a proper investigation, a complaint may be filed with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) or the U.S. Department of Justice asking the agency to investigate the university for violations, which can result in possible sanctions.  

The Clery Act was named after Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her dorm room by a fellow student on April 5, 1986.  Her parents championed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) in her memory.  This Act is a federal law that requires the university to report crimes that occur “on campus” and to publish school safety policies.  This information is available each year in our Annual Security Report (ASR).  The Clery Act also requires a timely warning be given to our campus community when there are known risks to public safety on campus.

Within the Clery Act is the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights, which requires disclosure of educational programs, the campus disciplinary process, and a statement of victim rights regarding sexual violence complaints.  The Clery Act was expanded and strengthened in 2013 by the Campus SaVE Act, which broadened Clery requirements to address all incidents of sexual violence (to include, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking).

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