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
- Domestic Violence;
- Dating Violence;
- 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.”