The Clery Act

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The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act is a federal statute requiring all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $35,000 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.

The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. The backlash against unreported crimes on numerous campuses across the country led to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Campus Security Authorities (CSA)

Using criteria the US Department of Education has outlined under the Clery Act Marylhurst University has classified individuals in the following roles as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs):

  • President
  • Provost
  • Chief of Staff & Title IX Coordinator
  • All Community Safety staff
  • All professional staff in the following areas:
    • President’s Office
    • Vice President for Enrollment Services Office
    • Student Activities Office
  • Admissions staff responsible for overseeing events involving prospective students
  • Any other staff or faculty members who directly oversee student groups

What do Campus Security Authorities Do?

The function of a CSA is to report to the official or office designated by the institution to collect crime report information, such as the campus police or security department, those allegations of Clery Act crimes that he or she concludes were made in good faith.

What Shouldn’t Campus Security Authorities Do?

A CSA is not responsible for determining authoritatively whether a crime took place that is the function of law enforcement personnel. A campus security authority should not try to apprehend the alleged perpetrator of the crime. That too is the responsibility of law enforcement. It’s also not a CSA’s responsibility to try and convince a victim to contact law enforcement if the victim chooses not to do so.

What Crimes Must Be Reported?

  • Criminal Homicide
  • Sex Offense
    • Forcible
    • Non-forcible
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson
  • Hate Crimes
  • Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action for the following:
    • Weapon Law Violations
    • Drug Law violations
    • Liquor law violations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking

Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 or VAWA is a United States federal law. The Act provides $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposes automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allows civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave un-prosecuted. The Act also establishes the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice. The VAWA act was reauthorized in 2013 and the language within the law was updated.

Despite the Acts name the language is in fact gender neutral and provides protection for both male and female as well as gender neutral individuals.