Clery Crime Reports
JEANNE CLERY DISCLOSURE OF CAMPUS SECURITY POLICY
AND CAMPUS CRIME STATISTICS ACT
- History—Jeanne Clery was a 19 year old student at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, in 1986 when she was assaulted and murdered in her dorm room. Following her death her parents lobbied Pennsylvania lawmakers for legislation requiring colleges and universities to publish their crime statistics. The first such bill was signed into law in 1988 mandating that all state colleges and universities annually publish the latest three years campus crime statistics. Successive federal bills expanded the program nationwide and in 1998 the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act was formally renamed in memory of Jeanne Clery. The Annual Security Report encompasses all the information found under the “Campus Public Safety” topic of the Carl Sandburg College web site.
- Compliance— Carl Sandburg College willingly complies with all aspects of the Clery Act and to that end annually publishes and otherwise makes available all the various crime statistics, statements on campus security and policy and related information on crime, methods of reporting and assistance available to all students, faculty and staff associated with this institution.
- Availability of Information— The annual Clery Report can be found on the Carl Sandburg College website (www.sandburg.edu) and can also be found in the office of the Coordinator of Environmental Services and Public Safety at the Galesburg campus. Additionally, in compliance with the Clery Act, each campus has available a Campus Crime Log for the current school year with information on current criminal activity. This information is available to students, parents, faculty and staff and is also maintained in the office of the Director of Public Safety
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to report on seven basic categories of crime. These are the same seven categories contained in the Federal Uniform Crime Report as compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These categories are as follows:
- Criminal Homicide—Murder, negligent and non-negligent manslaughter
- Sex Offenses—forcible and non-forcible
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor Vehicle Theft
Additionally, the Clery Act requires colleges and universities to report on arrests and/or disciplinary referrals for the following: Liquor law violations, drug law violations and illegal weapons possession.
The Clery Act also requires an accounting of Hate Crimes reported as happening on campus or on public property abutting campus.
- Carl Sandburg College, in addition to compiling its own figures, requests crime figures from law enforcement agencies whose jurisdiction encompasses or abuts the college campuses. This information is incorporated into the Clery Act tables. All figures are for the three calendar years immediately preceding the publication year. Any questions can be addressed to the Director of Public Safety: Kipton J. Canfield, Director of Public Safety (309)-341-5325
- The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) Public Law 110-315—the effective date of this Act is August 14, 2008. The Act requires each institution governed by the Jeanne Clery Act to immediately notify the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students and staff on campus. Carl Sandburg College fully complies with HEOA and in furtherance of that compliance has installed and activated a public address system at each campus. (The Act does provide that warnings may be withheld if they would compromise efforts to contain the emergency, however, CCAC will make every effort to provide critical information in a timely manner.)
- The HEOA requires a statement as to the existence of agreements between the institution and local and state law enforcement. Carl Sandburg College and its Campus Public Safety personnel enjoy a close working relationship with local and State police, especially the City of Galesburg Police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, for the investigation of all criminal acts on or near the campuses and satellite locations of the College.
20 USC § 1092(f) and34 CFR 668.46
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