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Clery Act

Originally known as the Campus Security Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is a federal law that requires U.S. universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The Clery Act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.  The full text of the Clery Act have be found here (part f).

Important Amendments and Dates

In 1982, the Clery Act was amended.  The 1982 amendments added a requirement that universities must extend certain basic rights to victims of sexual violence.  

The 1998 amendments officially named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.

Amendments in 2008 and 2008 added provisions dealing with registered sex offender notification and campus emergency response procedures.  The 2008 amendments also added a provision to protect crime victims, “whistleblowers”, and other forms of retaliation.

Clery Act Requirements

  • The University must publish an Annual Security Report (ASR) by October 1 of each year
  • Maintain a publicly accessible crime log.
  • Disclose crime statistics for incidents that occur on campus, in unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through campus, and at certain non-campus facilities
  • Issues timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees
  • Device an emergency response, notification, and testing policy
  • Compile and report fire data to the federal government and publish an annual fire safety report
  • Enact policies and procedures to handle reports of missing students