The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), originally called the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, was passed in 1990 and has been amended and reauthorized on several occasions since its original passage. All institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs must comply with the Clery Act. The Clery Act contains three major categories of requirements:
- Every institution must collect and publish certain crime statistics in an Annual Security Report and must adopt certain security-related policies and procedures.
- An institution with a campus police department must publish a daily crime log and issue warnings and notices to the campus community.
- An institution with one or more on-campus student housing facilities must meet the missing student and fire safety requirements.
North Carolina Central University must comply with all three major requirement categories. To comply with the crime statistics requirement, an institution must collect statistics for certain specified crimes (often called Clery crimes) that occur on the campus or in certain other areas as defined by the Clery Act (often called an institution’s Clery geography). These statistics must be collected from the campus police, from the local law enforcement agency, and from certain individuals and organizations that the Clery Act defines as “campus security authorities” (CSAs). The goal of collecting crime reports from CSAs rather than just from the police is to capture as many crime reports as possible. Although every institution wants community members to report crimes to law enforcement, that does not always happen. Even when an institution has a campus police department, some students who are victims of crime are more inclined to report the crime to someone other than the campus police.
To access the University’s Manual for Clery Crime Reporting, Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports, or Clery Geography Map, visit the University Police Department webpage.