The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act is a federal statute codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f).  The Clery Act requires all public and private postsecondary institutions participating in HEA’s Title IV student financial assistance programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information.  The Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.

The Clery Act requires that schools:

Publish an annual report every year by October 1st  that contains three years of campus crime statistics and certain campus security policy statements.
Publish crime statistics for the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities and remote classrooms. (The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement, and other University officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities.”)

The Clery Act requires Princeton to disclose three general categories of crime statistics, some with significant subcategories and conditions:

1) Criminal Offenses

  • Criminal Homicide, including:
    • Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter, and
    • Negligent Manslaughter;
  • ​Sex Offenses including:
    • Forcible, and
    • Non-forcible;
  • Domestic Violence;
  • Dating Violence;
  • Stalking
  • Robbery;
  • Aggravated Assault;
  • Burglary, where:
    • There is evidence of unlawful entry (trespass), which may be either forcible or not involve force.
    • Unlawful entry must be of a structure - having four walls, a roof, and a door.
    • There is evidence that the entry was made in order to commit a felony or theft.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft;
  • and Arson.

2) Hate Crimes—Any of the above-mentioned offenses, and any incidents of Larceny-Theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, or Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property that were motivated by bias; and

3) Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action for Weapons: Carrying, Possessing, Etc., Drug Abuse Violations and Liquor Law Violations.

  • Publish “timely warning” notices where a crime has occurred on or near campus that, in the judgment of DPS, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to members of the University community.
  • Make available for public inspection a daily public crime log of “any crime that occurred on campus ... or within the patrol jurisdiction of the campus police ... and is reported to the campus police.”

Crime Definitions

Theft / Robbery

The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.


Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Sex Offences

Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will or not forcibly or against the person’s will in instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent. This includes rape, sodomy, sexual assault with an object and fondling. This also includes incest and statutory rape. In New Jersey, the statutory age of consent is 16.


The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Weapon Law Violations

The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.


The killing of another person through gross negligence.  Criminal Homicide-Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter: The willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another..

Aggravated Assault

An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)


The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Motor Vehicle Theft

The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned including joyriding.)

Drug Abuse Violation

Violations of State and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (demerol, methadones); and dangerous nonnarcotic drugs (barbituates, benzedrine).

Liquor Law Violations

The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. (Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.)

Domestic Violence

Felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a victim’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.

Hate Crimes

Where the victim is intentionally selected because of his/her actual or perceived race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or disability; and  the crime includes any of those listed above, or larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, or vandalism.


Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Dating Violence

Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and where the existence of such relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of (i) The length of the relationship, (ii) The type of relationship, and (iii) The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.