Campus Crime and Security: Disclosure and Availability

“Knowledge is power.” No one knows the truth of Sir Francis Bacon’s words better than college and university students and staff. With the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, colleges and universities that participate in Federal student financial aid programs are required to disclose and report crime statistics and security policies and procedures.

For comprehensive preparedness on campus or in the surrounding area, this data is invaluable. Legally, you may simply need to ask for the information. Current and prospective students and employees are entitled to reports, and much of the data is available to the public.

Annual Security Report (ASR)

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to publish an Annual Security Report (ASR) documenting three calendar years of specified crime statistics including security policies and procedures. Students and employees must be notified about the ASR and given a copy upon request.

Public Crime Log

Schools with a police or security department must maintain a public crime log including the "nature, date, time, and general location of each crime."

Crime Statistics

Statistics on crime committed on campus and certain surrounding areas must be reported for major categories such as criminal homicide, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Schools must also report legal violations regarding liquor, drugs, and illegal weapons. Hate crimes must also be reported.

Threat Warnings

Serious threats to students and employees must be provided in a timely manner and in a manner likely to reach all members of the campus community.

Emergency Response Policy

An emergency response expands the definition of a timely warning. Emergency response and evacuation procedures must be in place and be tested annually.

Annual Fire Safety Report

Schools with on-campus housing must publish an annual fire safety report and maintain a log of fire-related incidents.

Missing Students

Schools must designate a responsible position or organization to which missing student reports are submitted.