Understanding the Clery Report
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, is a landmark federal statute originally known as the Campus Security Act. This law is named after Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University student who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. Her murder triggered a backlash against unreported crime on campuses across the country. It first became law in 1990, known then as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. It was supported by Howard & Connie Clery, Jeanne’s parents. It was later amended in 1998, renaming it in memory of Jeanne Clery.
The law requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campus. It is tied to an institution’s participation in federal student financial aid programs, and it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. The Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.
Campus Crime Statistics
The law requires each college or university to disclose crime statistics that occur on campus, in public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities, including off campus sports facilities and remote classrooms. The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement, and other school officials, known as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs), who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities” such as student judicial affairs directors. Professional mental health and religious counselors are exempt from reporting obligations, but may refer patients to a confidential reporting system.
Crimes are reported in the following seven (7) major categories, with several sub-categories:
- Criminal Homicide broken down by
- Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter and
- Negligent manslaughter
- Sex Offenses broken down by
- Statutory Rape
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor Vehicle Theft; and
Schools are also required to report the following three types of incidents if they result in either an arrest or disciplinary referral:
- Liquor Law Violations
- Drug Law Violations
- Illegal Weapons Possession
In addition, with the introduction of the Violence Against Women Act, schools are also required to report:
- Domestic Violence,
- Dating Violence and
- Stalking incidents.
Colleges and universities are also required to report incidents of Hate Crimes which includes an extensive subset category of crimes.
Campus Safety & Security Report Annual Report
Colleges and universities are required to publish an annual security report (ASR) every year by October 1st, which must contain the crime statistics for the 3 previous years and numerous security policy statements. The report is to be made available to all current students and employees, while prospective students and employees are to be notified of its existence. Northern Essex Community College, in accordance with these requirements, publishes an annual Campus Safety & Security Report (Clery Report) and makes this report available to the entire campus community.
For more information about the Clery report, please contact Tracey Trask in the NECC DPS at 978-556-3694.
2021 Clery ReportDownload the Report