The Clery Act requires colleges and universities that participate in U.S. federal student financial aid programs to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. Certain categories of crime, arrests and referrals occurring in Clery Act reportable locations (see below) are required to be reported by Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) and included in an Annual Security Report (published by October 1st each year).
Another key requirement of the Clery Act is the issuance of crime alerts to the campus community on crimes considered to be a serious or continuing threat to University community members that are reported to Campus Security Authorities, University Police and local law enforcement agencies.
Clery Act Geography
The University is required to disclose statistics for offenses that occur:
- On or in Non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled (leased, written agreement, etc.) by the University (including student organizations),
- Public Property within or immediately adjacent to campus, and/or
- During any school-sponsored trips where the University has a written agreement for the trip accommodation and/or academic space of
- 2 nights or longer, or
- 1 night or longer if it is repeated use of the same space (i.e. the same trip is taken annually and the same hotel is used every year).
Clery Act Crime Definitions
The University is required to disclose statistics for the following offenses:
- Criminal Homicide including:
- Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter
- Manslaughter by Negligence
- Sexual Assault including:
- Statutory Rape
- Aggravated Assault (in Illinois, aka Aggravated Battery)
- Motor Vehicle Theft
- Domestic violence
- Dating violence
- Hate Crime
- All liquor, drug, or weapons law violations resulting in an arrest or disciplinary referral
If you are in doubt as to whether a crime is reportable, please err on the side of reporting. With the exception of liquor, drug, and weapons law violations, it is immaterial whether an arrest (or disciplinary referral) is made.