Jeanne Clery Act
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What is the Jeanne Clery Act?
“The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to report campus crime data, support victims of violence, and publicly outline the policies and procedures they have put into place to improve campus safety.”
What the University is Responsible For…
Annual Security Report– This ASR must include statistics of campus crime for the preceding 3 calendar years, plus details about efforts taken to improve campus safety. ASRs must also include policy statements regarding (but not limited to) crime reporting, campus facility security and access, law enforcement authority, incidence of alcohol and drug use, and the prevention of/response to sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, and stalking.
Listed Crime Categories– Institutions of higher education must include four distinct categories of crime in their ASR crime data. These categories include Criminal Offenses, Hate Crimes, VAWA Offenses, Arrests, and Referrals for Disciplinary Action.
Crime Reporting Geography– Clery Act crime reporting is not strictly limited to events that occur on campus or within campus buildings and residences. Institutions must include statistics for crimes that occur on campus, public property within campus bounds, public property adjunct to the campus, and non-campus properties owned by the university.
Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications– When a crime covered by the Clery Act occurs, campus officials are required to evaluate if there is a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community to determine if a timely warning notice needs to be issued to all students and employees. An emergency notification is issued when there is an immediate threat to the campus community and can either be campus-wide or limited to a specific area depending on the risk.
Rights, Options, and Resources– Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking have specific rights, options, and resources guaranteed to them by the Clery Act. To view those rights, please see the Notice of Rights and Options.
To view Liberty University’s Campus Crime Reports, click here.
Who is Required to Report Clery Act Crimes?
Campus Security Authorities (CSA)
A CSA is responsible for reporting criminal offenses that occur on the university’s crime reporting geography. These include not just police and security officers but also those specified in the Statement of Campus Security Authority. If you are responsible for students or campus activities, you are a CSA. Some examples of CSAs are staff within LU departments like the Office of Community Life or the Office of Equity and Compliance, also if you are a Resident Assistant, Athletics Coach, or Faculty Advisor to a Student Club.
CSAs are responsible to report:
- A description of the incident
- The date and time the incident occurred
- The date and time the incident was reported to the CSA
- Exact location of the incident
As a CSA, when a Clery crime is reported, you should…
In a calm and kind way, interrupt to inform the person that you are required by law to report the information to Liberty University Police Department. This may feel awkward or uncomfortable, but it is very important.
For example, if the person is having a hard time talking about an incident, you can say, “Tell me what happened, take as much time as you need.” If the person continues to share his or her experience, listen without judging; allow the person to share what he or she wants at their own pace; offer resources and other reporting options; and share Liberty’s anti-retaliation and amnesty policies, found within Liberty University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.
If the person is reporting sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking please provide them with the Notice of Rights and Options.
- A description of the incident (what happened)
- Names of all the individuals involved
- Date and time the incident was reported to you
- Date and time the incident occurred
- Exact location of the incident.
If you can, ask the following questions: what is the victim to perpetrator relationship? Is the victim afraid or significantly distressed? Were there any threats made?
If needed, encourage the victim to seek medical care
Talk to LUPD about how to navigate this. If there is safety or emergency concern, call 911 immediately. If the student or employee reports a sexual or physical assault, encourage them to get medical care at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Submit a report HERE. Contact LUPD or the Office of Equity and Compliance if you need further assistance submitting a report.
Ask how you can offer support
The person may want you to pray with them, listen further, or sit with them while they think through their options. Do your best to be supportive and know that violence against a person is never his or her fault. Also, offer that person confidential resources.
As a CSA, please make sure you submit the report to LUPD immediately after you have gathered the relevant information. It is important to remember that all Clery crimes should be reported regardless of when the crime occurred, many incidents are delayed reports but still count as a Clery crime (for example: a student who reports to you that they were sexually assaulted on campus six months ago should still be reported as a Clery crime).
Clery Act Crimes to Report
To learn more about the Clery crimes and their definitions read our extensive Clery crime definitions list.