The Clery Act

The Clery Act

Clery ActOriginally known as the Campus Security Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. All institutions of higher education, public or private, that participate in federal financial aid programs are obligated to comply with the Clery Act. This Act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. Any institution found to be in non-compliance with the Clery Act is required to pay a fine of $35,000 per violation.

As of March 7, 2014: Institutions must comply with the following additional requirements under the amendments to the Clery Act:

  • Collect and publish in the Annual Security Report (ASR) statistics on incidents of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking that are reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies;
  • Expand the definition of reportable hate crimes to include Clery crimes motivated by bias against a victim’s national origin or gender identity;
  • Revise policies and procedures to include the establishment of educational prevention and awareness programs that address issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking for all incoming students and new employees; and
  • Develop step-by-step procedures for the reporting, investigation, and adjudication of reports of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including information on confidentiality and privacy.

Colleges must report campus crime statistics and security measures to all students and employees by October 1st of each year. The annual security report must also be submitted to the Secretary of Education each year, by October 15th. Colleges must report compliance with the Campus SaVE Act in Annual Security Reports as of October 1, 2014.

How the SafeColleges Online Training System Can Help

The SafeColleges Online Training System includes a Clery Act Overview course that describes the importance of the Clery Act, identifies different categories of required reporting, discusses the elements of the Annual Security Report, and defines timely warnings and emergency notifications.

Alison Kiss, M.S.We’re proud to work with expert-author Alison Kiss, M.S., the Executive Director of The Clery Center for Security on Campus. Alison was instrumental in the development and implementation of curricula for the Safe On Campus Peer Education Program and for the Victim Support Services Module of the Clery Act Training Program. Ms. Kiss also applied her direct service crisis counseling skills to create policies and procedures for the Clery Center’s Victim Advocacy. She has contributed and appeared on major media outlets, including CNN, NBC Today, CBS Early Show, Time Magazine, and FOX News. She also served as a member of the National Attorneys General Task Force on School and Campus Safety.

Use our courses or quickly build your own campus-specific courses and policies in our system with our Custom Course Tool and assign them to employees and students. Every completion is tracked automatically by the system (whether you assign our courses or your own), for compliance purposes. You can also host our SCORM-conformant courses in your existing LMS.