Clery Act Information
What is the Clery Act?
The federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires that all colleges and universities (both public and private) that participate in federal aid programs must keep and disclose campus safety information. It also imposes certain basic requirements for handling incidents of sexual violence and emergency situations. Disclosures about crime statistics and summaries of security policies are made once a year in an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASR), and information about specific crimes and emergencies is made publicly available on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
The Clery Act is named in memory of Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her residence hall room on April 5, 1986. The perpetrator, Josoph M. Henry, was a student and was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death in April 1987.
The Clery family advocated laws requiring the disclosure of campus crime information, and the federal law that now bears their daughter's name was first enacted in 1990.