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The Clery Act (Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report)

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal mandate requiring all institutions of higher education (IHEs) that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. The Clery Act affects virtually all public and private IHEs and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. Campuses that fail to comply with the act can be penalized with large fines and may be suspended from participating in the federal financial aid program.


The Clery Act, formerly known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, was signed in 1990 and is named after 19-year-old Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her Lehigh University residence hall in 1986. Clery’s parents lobbied Congress to enact the law when they discovered students at Lehigh hadn’t been notified about 38 violent crimes that had occurred on campus in the three years prior to Clery’s murder.

  • The Clery Act contains policies on:
  • Campus Crime Policy
  • Campus Security Authorities
  • Campus Crime Prevention and Awareness
  • Monitoring and Recording of Criminal Activity
  • Campus Crime Statistics
  • Notice of Availability of Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report
  • Missing Person Policy/Procedure
  • Weapons Policy


The full text of the Clery Act (Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report) can be found here.



Responsible administrator or office: Student Affairs

Contact person in that office: Vice President of Student Affairs

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 16, 2023

Approved by President: August 16, 2023

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