What is the Clery Act?

Clery Act

The Clery Act is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. Tied to an institution's participation in federal student financial aid programs, the Clery Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education. It requires colleges and universities to compile and publish statistics for crimes on or near their campuses and requires those identified as Campus Security Authorities to report crime statistics for annual submission to the Department of Education and inclusion in the University's Annual Security Report.

  • Campus Security Authority Incident Reporting

    What is a Campus Security Authority?

    A Campus Security Authority (CSA) is a term used by the Department of Education and in the Clery Act to describe someone who is an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, or who manages or otherwise oversees student and campus activities including, but not limited to, student housing, a student center or student extra-curricular activities. Examples of campus constituents who are included in this broad definition are:

    • coaches and trainers of athletic teams

    • advisors to campus student organizations

    • staff responsible for student discipline and campus judicial staff

    • individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department, such as an individual who is responsible for monitoring entrance into institutional property. (desk receptionists, rec center monitors)

    Crime Reporting

    To comply with the Clery Act federal requirements, Campus Security Authorities must immediately fill out a Campus Security Authority Incident Report Form in accordance with the following guidelines:

    • A crime is considered "reportable" when it is brought to your attention. Third party reports of crimes are Clery-reportable. If the information is provided in good faith (not rumor or hearsay), please report the incident as soon as possible.

    • KU affiliation of the victim or the reporting party is not required for the crime to be reported and counted as a Clery statistic. If a crime is reported to you, you must complete the CSA Incident Report Form and submit it the KUPD/Public Safety.

    • The victim or reporting party is not required to contact law enforcement authorities and no further investigation is necessary by Campus Security Authorities or law enforcement.

    • Always include the type of crime and the location. This information is required for Clery compliance and is key in determining if a crime is reportable as a Clery statistic.

    For more information, please contact KU Public Safety at 610-683-4002.

  • Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, Fire Safety Report, and Campus Crime Statistics Act

    The Annual Security Report is prepared by KU's Clery Compliance Coordinator in conjunction with the Kutztown University Police Department (KUPD), local law enforcement agencies and various campus departments responsible for providing programs and services that support Clery compliance. To comply with the federal law, KU requests and collects crime statistics from local police agencies by providing the addresses of off-campus property either owned or controlled by the university or public property immediately adjacent to campus. These statistics are included with the KUPD statistics as well as those gathered from reports submitted by Campus Security Authorities (CSAs). Campus Security Authorities include not only KU police and security personnel, but also employees in many campus departments such as Housing, Residence Life, Social Equity, Student Conduct, Athletics, the Health Center, Women's Center, Student Involvement and student organization advisors.

    To be in full compliance with the law, KU publishes and makes available to current and prospective students and employees it's Annual Security Report (ASR) containing safety and security-related policy statements and crime statistics by October 1 of each year. The report provides crime statistics for the past three years, details campus and community policies about safety and security measures, describes campus crime prevention programs, and lists procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses.

    Click the links below to view the 2018 Kutztown University Annual Security Report or Fire Safety Report:

    2018 Annual Security Report
    Annual Fire Safety Report

    Please send your request for a printed version to: Campus Clery Coordinator, 107 Academic Forum, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA 19530, or reel@kutztown.edu. 

    More Information about the Clery Act
    The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), is a Federal Law enacted in 1990 that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. Under the watchful eye of the U.S. Department of Education, all post-secondary institutions participating in Title IV student financial aid programs are required to comply with this Act to avoid being penalized with significant fines and suspension from participation in Title IV programs.

    The Clery Act provides students and families, as higher education consumers, with information they need to make informed decisions about college choice. The Clery 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 requires Kutztown University (KU) to provide timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees and to make their campus security policies available to the public. The Act also requires KU to collect, classify, report, and disseminate crime data to everyone on campus and to the U.S. Department of Education annually.

    For more information on the Clery Act, please visit http://clerycenter.org/summary-jeanne-clery-act.