Colleges and Universities are Mandated to Report Crimes
August 27, 2018
Colleges and universities are required to maintain records and report crime to the United States Department of Education because of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act, that was passed in 1990. The Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities in the United States to release campus security information, including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas.
Jeanne Clery, whom the law is named after, was a college freshman at Pennsylvania’s Lehigh University. She was sexually assaulted and murdered in her dorm room by another student that she did not know. Her school had known about 38 violent crimes that previously occurred on campus before her murder, but failed to share that information with its students. Clery’s parents advocated for legislation for all colleges and universities to report crimes, which resulted in the original Campus Security Act. Congress renamed the law in memory of Jeanne Clery in 1998.
Reporting Crime on Campus
Under the Clery Act, all enrolled students and employees of the institution have the right to request an Annual Security Report, which is a document of reported crimes at the college or university within the last three years. Those who are required to report any crime include:
- Campus safety officials
- Student advisors
- Sports coaches
- Staff involved with student affairs
According to the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide: School and Campus Crime Fact Sheet, as of 2014, only 11,000 college campuses, that represent more than 78 million students, reported incidents of crime in the United States. The most common crimes on college campuses include:
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center reported that one in five women and one out of every 16 males experience sexual assault in college, with over 90 percent of sexual assault victims failing to report it. When someone reports crime on campus, the Annual Security Report updates its statistics to help deliver current assurance and confirmation of what is happening on and around a college campus.
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