The Clery Act
What is the Clery Act?
The federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act was passed in 1990. After their daughter was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University in 1986, Howard and Connie Clery advocated for legislation to be passed that would require universities to disclose information about crimes on college campuses. Their goal was to create safe communities where individuals had all the information needed to make informed decisions regarding safety. In 1998 this law was renamed in honor of their daughter to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Today it is more commonly known as the Clery Act.
What does the Clery Act require universities to do?
This federal law requires all universities that receive Title IV student financial assistance programs to comply with a variety of different requirements regarding campus safety. Some of which are to:
- Collect, report, and disseminate crime data for certain crimes in a specified geographical area.
- Develop policy statements regarding campus safety.
- Prepare and distribute an annual security report.
- Issue timely warnings and emergency notifications to the campus community.
- Submit crime statistics to the Department of Education.
- Create, maintain, and make available a daily crime log.
What types of crime does the Clery Act require institutions to disclose?
- Criminal Homicide
- Statutory Rape
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor Vehicle Theft
Hate CrimesAll crimes motivated by bias1 in the Criminal Offenses column plus the following:
- Simple Assault
- Destruction/Damage /Vandalism of property
Violence Against Women Act Offenses
- Domestic Violence
- Dating Violence
Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action
- Drug Law Violations
- Liquor Law Violations
- Weapons Law Violations
1 Areas of bias include actual or perceived race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and disability.
What is the University of Northern Colorado's Clery Geography?
The Clery Act requires universities to disclose crime statistics that occur on their Clery geography, which includes: (1) on campus property including residence halls and extended campus locations, (2) public property surrounding the campus, (3) non campus property which includes off campus classrooms and buildings for recognized student organizations.
Where should I report a crime?
The University has designated the UNC Police Department as the sole reporting site on campus. The UNC PD welcomes all crime reports and is happy to direct you to the appropriate reporting location. The Police Department is located in Gray Hall and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Reports can be made in person at the Police window or by phone, 970-351-2245 (1-2245 from on-campus phones).
Limited confidential reporting is also available through My Safe Campus. This reporting system is not controlled by the police department but will be shared if appropriate. Confidential reporting limits the ability of the police department to respond, investigate, and pursue charges against a perpetrator of a crime and should not substitute for emergency or standard crime reports. In case of an emergency always call 911.
More detailed policies on reporting crimes can be found in the Campus Security and Fire Safety Report on pages 13-15.
Additional questions regarding the Clery Act
If you have additional questions about the Clery Act, please contact the Assistant Clery Compliance Officer:
Assistant Clery Compliance Officer