About the Clery Act
What is the Clery Act?
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to report information about security policies and crimes statistics on and near their campus Clery geography by October 1 of each year in an Annual Security Report. An Annual Fire Safety Report, containing fire safety information and fire statistics associated with on-campus student housing facilities, is also required by October 1 for institutions that have on-campus student housing facilities.
Campus Security Authorities and their role in reporting?
The Clery Act requires institutions to collect crime reports from various individuals and organizations that Clery considers to be campus security authorities (CSAs) to include:
- University police officers and security officer and individuals outside university police who have campus security responsibilities.
- Individuals or organizations specified in the Clery Annual Security Report to which students and employees should report crimes.
- A university official who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.
- If you are a CSA and receive a report of an alleged crime, you are required to report the alleged crime to the official designated by the university to compile the institution’s Clery crime statistics. Designated officials vary by campus and may be the university police, campus security department, or another university official.
Contact information is available for individuals and offices who are designated to receive CSA crime reports. Information is specific to each Texas A&M University campus.
CSA reports are used for determining statistical data disclosed in the Annual Security Report and in the daily crime log. CSA reports are also evaluated for timely warning/emergency notification.
- Campus Security – Department of Education
- The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting – Department of Education
- TAMU University Police Crime Prevention Resources
- Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act; 20 U.S.C., Section 1092[f], as amended.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, is a federal law that requires all U.S. colleges and universities (including foreign campuses of U.S. institutions), both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs to maintain and disclose certain crime statistics and campus security/fire information. The Clery Act mandates requirements for incidents of sexual violence and emergency situations.
Disclosures about required crime and fire statistics and summaries of security and fire policies are made in an Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report on Student Housing. Information about specific crimes and emergencies is made available on an ongoing basis through the daily crime log, fire log, timely warnings, and emergency notifications.
The Act was designed to assist students, parents, and other members of the campus community in making decisions which affect their personal safety. The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to provide current and prospective students and employees with accurate, complete, and timely information about crime and campus safety.
Under the Clery Act, each University must:
- Identify Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) and collect information from the CSAs about crimes that have been reported to them;
- Publish an Annual Security Report by October 1st of each year. The report must be made available to all current and prospective students and employees;
- Create, maintain, and make available a daily crime log documenting the nature, date and general location of each crime;
- Disclose statistics for reported Clery crimes that occur on campus, on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus, and in or on non-campus buildings or property that the institution owns or controls;
- Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or continuing threat to students and employees;
- Initiate notification procedures for any significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees;
- Disclose fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus housing and statistics for fires that occur in those facilities and maintain a fire log;
- Have missing student notification policies and procedures in place for students who reside in on-campus housing; and
- Provide programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and adopt institutional policies for handling such alleged offenses in accordance with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) requirements.
Texas A&M performs the following in order to comply with Clery Act requirements:
- Campus security authorities (campus police, security personnel, university officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, and others) are identified and provided required training informing them of their crime reporting responsibilities;
- Crime reports are reviewed and disclosed in the Annual Security Reports and/or the daily crime logs in accordance with the Clery Act;
- The Annual Security Reports and Annual Fire Safety Reports published by Texas A&M can be found at https://orec.tamu.edu/clery-act/clery-annual-report;
- Each Texas A&M campus maintains a crime log, if required by the Clery Act, that is available for public access. The Texas A&M University College Station crime log can be found online at (https://upd.tamu.edu/Crime%20Logs/Forms/AllItems.aspx);
- When campus police, security, or designated individuals determine that a crime poses a serious or continuing threat to the campus community, a timely warning is issued. At Texas A&M University College Station, crimes are evaluated for timely warning by University Police. Timely warnings are distributed by the campus email system to students, staff and faculty and posted in the University Police website crime alert section at https://upd.tamu.edu/Lists/CrimeAlerts/AllItems.aspx;
- An emergency notification is issued when campus police, security, or designated individuals determine that there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat. At Texas A&M University College Station, situations are evaluated for emergency notification by the Office of Safety and Security. Information about the Texas A&M University College Station emergency notification system, Code Maroon, can be found at http://codemaroon.tamu.edu/. Code maroon is tested monthly. Related emergency preparedness and response plans can be found at https://www.tamu.edu/emergency/resources/plans.html; and
- Reports of missing students residing in on-campus student housing are communicated to appropriate law enforcement for investigation and missing student contacts are notified;
- Programs are provided to students and employees to promote awareness of and prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking (https://stepinstandup.tamu.edu/education-resources.html).
- Institutional procedures are followed when cases of alleged dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking are reported including, but not limited to, providing accommodations, protective measures, and disciplinary procedures; and
- Murder & Non-negligent manslaughter
- Manslaughter by negligence
- Sex Offenses, Rape
- Sex Offenses, Fondling
- Sex Offenses, Incest
- Sex Offenses, Statutory Rape
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor Vehicle Theft
- Domestic Violence
- Dating Violence
Hate crimes must also be reported by category of bias:
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- National Origin
The report must also provide statistics for the following categories of arrests or, if an arrest was not made, referrals for campus disciplinary action:
- Liquor Law Violations
- Drug Law Violations
- Illegal Weapons Possession
The United States Department of Education is charged with enforcing the Clery Act and may assess civil penalties against institutions of higher education or may suspend them from participating in federal student financial aid programs. Complaints of violations should be filed with Department of Education regional offices. Fines are significant and are anticipated to increase annually. See 34 CFR 668.84(a)(1) for the current fine amount per violation.