What is the Clery Act?
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”) was passed in 1990. It is named in honor of Jeanne Clery. In 1986, Clery, who was a freshman at Pennsylvania’s Lehigh University, was raped and murdered in her dorm room by another student she didn’t know. The school had not disclosed to students that 38 violent crimes had occurred on the campus in the preceding three years.
The Clery Act requires institutions who receive federal financial assistance to disclose their security policies, maintain a public crime log, publish an Annual Security Report, and provide timely warnings or emergency notifications to the campus community about situations posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees. The Clery Act also requires institutions to provide victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking with certain rights and resources.