Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman, was raped and murdered in her dorm room in April 1986.   Her parents believe she and her fellow students  would have been more cautious if they had known about other violent crimes at Lehigh. The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, later  renamed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) in 1998, requires higher education institutions receiving federal student financial aid funds to prepare, publish, and distribute campus security policies and crime statistics.  It further requires higher education institutions to give timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees, and to disclose their campus security policies

In 2013, President Obama signed a bill that strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. Included in the bill was the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus Save), which amends the Clery Act and affords additional rights to campus victims of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.  The VAWA crimes are included in both the Clery Act and the Title IX Act.

More information about the Clery Act.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act by establishing College-wide standards for commitment to the safety and well-being of all members of the Campus Community; accordingly, each campus shall comply with the requirements of the Clery Act.  This Policy affects the entire Campus Community and applies to all College personnel that have responsibility for campus safety and security and offices and individuals with “significant responsibility for student and campus activities.”  As such, this law requires colleges and universities to collect and disclose information about crimes on or near campus and to share information about safety policies and procedures.   

Intersection of Title IX and the Clery Act

What is sexual consent?