Parents and Students

Deciding which college or university to attend is exciting, but can also be overwhelming. There are many important things for a student to consider – what school is the right fit? What major should I choose? Is the food good?

Certainly, campus safety is a priority for both students and parents. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security 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.

The links below offer resources to consider as you compare universities.

Beyond the Numbers

It is important to note that colleges and universities are required to provide sexual assault prevention education and awareness programs for students and employees, as well as inform victims of their options should a victimization occur.

Colleges and universities that are effectively educating their students and responding to victims may, and most likely will, have higher numbers. 

Why? Because schools that openly discuss campus crime, empower bystanders to take action, and lend support to those who are hurt foster an environment that encourages victims to report when a crime occurs.

The Clery Center for Security On Campus challenges you to look beyond the numbers and consider each university’s programs, policies, and safety efforts.

Ask questions such as: How does your university communicate when there is a potential threat on campus? What safety-related programs do you offer? If a friend of mine were hurt on campus, what resources are available to them?

Although numbers and statistics are helpful, more information is needed to truly get a sense of the campus climate.


What can I do to increase safety on my campus?

Campus safety must be a community effort – students, faculty, university employees, and parents must all work together to foster an environment where individuals treat each other with respect and intervene when harmful situations occur.

There are many different ways to be a good friend or bystander including:

  • making sure a friend that is under the influence of drugs or alcohol gets home safely
  • stopping a friend from pushing drinks on an individual who has made the decision not to drink or has had too much to drink
  • communicating your boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others
  • speaking up if someone makes a comment that is derogatory or abusive
  • distracting someone who is harassing a classmate by asking him/her a question or knocking something over
  • choosing not to participate in hazing and speaking out against destructive behaviors

Trust your instincts – the goal is to intervene in a way that is safe for you and those around you.