The goal of the Clery Act is to ensure students, prospective students, parents and employees have access to accurate information about crimes committed on campus, in the adjacent area and provide information regarding campus security procedures.
Information disclosed under the Clery Act can assist students and parents in making decisions which affect their personal safety.
Each campus is responsible for establishing appropriate procedures to implement these requirements.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE CLERY ACT:
The Clery Act requires that the College gather and publish crime data from multiple sources (including a Campus Security Authority) and other agencies, to ensure that students and others know about potential dangers on campus. It also requires schools to share policy information regarding safety and security measures.
The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education receiving federal financial aid to report specific crime statistics on campus and provide safety and crime information to members of the campus community.
Law is tied to federal student financial aid programs and requires colleges and universities to make Timely Warnings, Emergency Notifications, and provide annual information about campus crime statistics and security policies.
Violators can be “fined” up to $35,000 per infraction by the U.S. Department of Education, the agency charged with enforcement of the Act.
Campus Security Authority:
A CSA is anyone who has significant responsibility for student AND campus activities. CSAs are defined by job function and not by title.
Examples of CSAs include Police, Security, Deans, Student Housing Staff, Athletic Coaches, and Student Coordinators and Advisors.
Administrative, clerical staff or faculty positions without responsibility for student activities or advising do not meet the requirements of a CSA.
Licensed professional mental health and pastoral counselors are exempt from Clery Act requirements.
ANNUAL FIRE AND SAFETY REPORT:
Published concurrently with Annual Security Report includes:
Requires institutions to report (annually and on-going) the following:
Employees and students are notified by October 1st of each year that the campus Annual Security Report is updated and available.
Prospective students and prospective employees are notified about the report and how they can access it. Web-based survey for Dept. of Ed is also required.
Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and is used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, its educational purposes, and incl. Residence halls.
Non-Campus Building or Property:
Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or any building or property (other than a separate campus) owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area.
All public property including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to or accessible from the campus