The Clery Act: The Importance of Information

Signed into law in 1990, The Student Right to Know and the Campus Security Act (pub. L. 101-542) or Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to disclose information about crimes committed on and near their campuses. This law is intended to help students make informed decisions about their personal safety and to ensure that colleges and universities provide students, prospective students, and faculty the information they need to avoid being victims of campus crime.

The Higher Education Act of 1998 and amendments to the Clery Act expanded the obligations of colleges ad universities. The law was also renamed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, after Jeanne Clery, a freshman at Lehigh University who was raped and murdered in her residence hall in 1986. 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.
  • Disclose crime statistics for the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilites. The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enformcement, and other university officials who have significant responsiblity for student and campus activities.
  • Provide timely warning notices of 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.

Read the Case Police annual report.

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