The Clery Act and the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report
In 1990, the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act was created in remembrance of Jeanne Clery. In 1986, while Jeanne was a student at Lehigh University, she was sexually assaulted and murdered by another student. In light of other violent crimes that occurred in the surrounding area, Jeanne’s parents advocated that institutions had a responsibility to be more transparent about local crime details.
The law was renamed in 1998 as The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, to honor Jeanne’s memory with a purpose that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics and to provide timely information to heighten safety for the campus community.
The Clery Act requires higher education institutions that receive federal funds to comply with numerous policies and procedures related to the safety and security of their campus and community. Failure to comply with the Clery Act can result in large financial repercussions mandated by the Department of Education. The University of Alabama works to ensure that the campus community receives the necessary training and resources to fulfill our obligations set by the Clery Act.
Institutions are required to publish annual Campus Security Reports that include the previous three years’ worth of certain crime and fire statistics. These incidents are reported to have occurred in specific locations including: on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. Campus maps are available online and within the Annual Security Report.
UA Campus Clery Resources
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f))
UAPD Campus Advisories
Clery Act Handbook
Campus Safety and Security Data Tool and Report Generator
Clery Act: Clery Center for Campus Security Organization
U.S. Department of Education Campus Safety and Security