What is the Clery Act?
Signed into law in 1990, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus
Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to
disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All
post-secondary public and private institutions participating in federal student aid programs
must adhere to these regulations. The Clery Act was championed by Howard & Connie Clery
after their daughter Jeanne was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986.

History of Jeanne Clery Act

Jeanne Clery

In April 1986, Jeanne Clery’s life ended tragically when another student raped and murdered her in her residence hall room. Alarmed at the lack of transparency around crime and violence on college campuses, Jeanne’s parents, Connie and Howard, committed themselves to create enduring change.

What is the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) obligated to do?
To ensure compliance with the Clery Act, UCCS PD must meet obligations in the following
three broad categories: (1) policy disclosure; (2) records collection and retention; and (3)
information dissemination.

  • Policy Disclosure — UCCS must provide the campus community and the public with
    accurate statements of current policies and practices regarding procedures for
    students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies on campus,
    security of and access to campus facilities, and campus law enforcement.
  • Records Collection and Retention — UCCS is required to keep campus records of
    crimes reported on campus to campus security authorities, make a reasonable good
    faith effort to obtain certain crime statistics from appropriate law enforcement agencies
    to include in the annual security report, and keep a daily crime log open for public
  • Information Dissemination — To provide members of the campus community with
    information needed to make informed personal safety decisions, UCCS must provide:
    1) A “timely warning” of any Clery Act crime that represents an ongoing threat to the
    safety of students and employees; 2) Develop and maintain a log of all crimes
    reported to the UCCS Police Department, ensure public access to the crime log during
    normal business hours, and; 3) Publish an annual security report, make the report
    available to all current students and employees, and ensure the annual security report
    is made available to prospective students and employees. UCCS must also inform the
    campus community where to obtain information regarding registered sex offenders,
    and submit annual crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education.