Clery Act / Crime Awareness
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), is named in memory of 19-year-old Jeanne Ann Clery, a Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her residence hall room on April 5, 1986 by a fellow student whom she did not know. Institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs must comply with the Clery Act. The Clery Act requirements include:
- Institutions must collect and publish certain crime statistics in an Annual Fire Safety and Security Report no later than October 1st.
- Institutions must publish a daily crime log, a fire log, issue timely warnings and notices to the campus community.
- Institutions must comply with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
In order to comply with these requires, Alamance Community College produces and disseminates the Annual Security Report each year, on or before October 1st. To comply with the crime statistics requirement, the institution collects information from the Public Safety Department/Campus Police, the local law enforcement agency, and from certain individuals and organizations that the Clery Act defines as “Campus Security Authorities” (“CSAs”). The goal in collecting crime reports from CSAs rather than just from the police is to capture as many crime reports as possible. Professional mental health and religious counselors are exempt from reporting requirements. If you have any questions please contact the Clery Act Compliance Coordinator at 336-506-4037.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE CLERY ACT?
- The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. In order to comply with Clery Act requirements, colleges and universities must understand what the law entails, where their responsibilities lie, and what they can do to actively foster campus safety.
WHAT IS A CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITY (CSA)?
- A CSA is an individual with significant responsibility for campus and student activities, such as campus police/security, resident assistants, hall directors, Student Conduct, etc.
CAN STUDENTS BE CSAs?
- Yes, students who hold positions such as a resident assistant, desk attendant, sit on judicial boards, etc. are considered CSAs and must be trained.
CAN FACULTY MEMBERS BE CSAs?
- Yes, generally faculty members are not CSAs, however, in the event that a faculty member accompanies students on trips or advise a student group, that faculty member is a CSA for the duration of that position.
AS A CSA, HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO BE TRAINED?
- CSA training is completed annually.
I AM UNSURE IF I AM A CSA, HOW DO I FIND OUT?
- If you’re unsure, contact the Clery Act Compliance Coordinator at (336) 506-4037.
WHAT IF THE STUDENT DOES NOT WANT ME TO PROVIDE THEIR INFORMATION TO THE POLICE OR IF I DO NOT KNOW THEIR NAME, DO I STILL HAVE TO REPORT?
- Yes, you still have to report. Under the Clery Act, the name of the individual is not required.
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IF I AM NOT A CSA, AM I STILL REQUIRED TO REPORT?
- Though you are not legally obligated to report, it is highly encouraged.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES FOR FAILING TO REPORT?
- The US Department of Education assesses fines for violations of the Clery Act. The current amount is $57,317 per violation.