What is the Clery Act?
The “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (20 USC §1092(f)) is a federal law originally known as the Campus Security Act. It requires colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses as well as fire statistics that occur in student housing.
The Clery Act is named after Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman, who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. Clery's parents stated that if they had known about the crime on campus, they never would have allowed their daughter to attend that college. In response to this tragic incident, the Clery Act was established.
The Clery Act has undergone many changes since it was signed into law in 1990 to include additional requirements about the rights of sexual assault victims, sex offender notifications, emergency response, and protection for whistleblowers.
The crime and housing fire statistics are reported using the definitions outlined by the Clery Act. These statistics represent a compilation of crime statistics from the University Police Department, Austin Police Department, numerous campus security authorities (CSAs), and agencies around the country as well as student housing fire statistics provided by Fire Prevention Services. The statistical data is used to develop meaningful policies around prevention, awareness, and response as well as compiled to create the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report distributed to all UT students and employees on or before October 1st each year.