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? How clean are the bathrooms? How good is the food?
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.
- What is an Annual Security Report?
- U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool
- Campus Sentinel | Mobile App Solutions for Safe Campuses
- Student Media Guide to the Clery Act
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.