The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to it. Violators can be fined up to $25,000 by the U.S. Department of Education, the agency charged with enforcing the act and with receiving information about alleged violations, or face other enforcement action.
The Clery Act was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The law was championed by Howard and Connie Clery, whose daughter Jeanne was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. The Clery's also founded the non-profit Security On Campus Inc., in 1987.
The law was amended in 1992 to add a requirement that schools give the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights and was amended again in 1998 to expand the reporting requirements. The 1998 amendments also formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery. The law was most recently amended in 2000 (The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act) to require schools beginning in 2003 to notify the campus community about where public "Megan's Law" information about registered sex offenders on campus could be obtained.
Clery Act Summary
Schools must publish an annual report disclosing campus security policies and three years of selected crime statistics.
- Schools must make timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to students and employees
- Each institution with a police or security department must have a public crime log
- The U.S. Department of Education centrally collects and disseminates the crime statistics
- Campus sexual assault victims are assured of certain basic rights
The Department of Education can fine schools that fail to comply.
Below is a report showing the 2017-19 reportable crimes occurring on campus or on public property adjoining the CIIS campus: