The Clery Act (Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act), formerly the Campus Security Act, is a federal law that applies to America’s colleges and universities. The Clery Act requires these institutions to inform its students and faculty about criminal activity that takes place on and around the campus.
Schools are required to monitor, enforce against, and publicize any criminal activity such as sex offenses, burglary, drug law violations, and more. Koffel Brininger Nesbitt is prepared to represent college and university staff who have been accused of failing to disclose Clery Act violations.
Campus Security Reports and Crime Logs
The Clery Act requires schools to keep a running crime log that is always accessible to the public, as well as public an annual security report or “ASR.” The crime logs detail all offenses committed on campus and near campus, while the ASR provides three years’ worth of information about not only campus crimes, but the school’s policy on such crimes and procedures for handling such violations. Students and employees have a right to know about criminal activity taking place on their campus or in the area, because such offenses present a threat to their safety.
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Emergency Response Policies
Another provision of the Clery Act is the emergency response policy, which essentially requires all college and universities to establish emergency response protocol. This protocol must include issuing a timely notice of the crime committed and steps students and employees should take for their own safety. Even schools with no on-campus housing are not exempt from the emergency response policy requirement.