Since the 1990 passage of the Clery Act, Clery Center has worked with lawmakers to advance campus safety policy and help our nation’s colleges and universities meet evolving compliance standards. As a result, we offer unique insight into the requirements of the legislation.

History of the Clery Act

  1. 1988

    Groundwork for the Clery Act passed in PA

    Serving as the basis of the Clery Act, the College and University Security Act requires institutions of higher education (in PA) to report crime statistics and to provide descriptions of safety and security policies, as well as maintain an open crime log.

  2. 1990

    Clery Act signed into law by George H.W. Bush

    The federal legislation that would become the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (formal name as of 1998) requires colleges and universities to record campus crime statistics and safety policies. These security reports must be disclosed to current and prospective students and employees at a campus.

  3. 1992

    Amendments sponsored by Senator James Buckley

    The Buckley amendments provided that records kept by campus police and security for law enforcement purposes are not confidential “education” records under federal law (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA).


    Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights

    Requires colleges and universities to afford campus sexual assault victims certain basic rights, including assistance notifying the police. Colleges and universities must have policies in place to address campus sexual assault.

  4. 1998

    Campus Courts Disclosure Provision

    The final results of any student’s disciplinary case involving a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense are no longer protected from disclosure under federal student privacy laws. Victim information remains protected.


    Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

    Renamed in honor of Jeanne Clery, this amendment eliminates loopholes, mandates daily security department crime logs, and expands reporting requirements to include statistics for certain off-campus areas.

  5. 2000

    Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

    This amendment requires campus law enforcement or public safety to include a statement in their Annual Security Report (ASR) advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by the state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.

  6. 2008

    National Campus Safety Awareness Month

    Congress formally expressed their unanimous support for the Clery Center’s partnership with colleges and universities across the country by dedicating each September to the awareness of campus safety issues. National Campus Safety Month is an initiative started through a partnership between students and the Clery Center in 2005.


    Higher Education Opportunity Act

    Widens Clery Act scope with expanded emergency response and notification provisions, a broader categorization for hate crimes reporting, safeguards for whistleblowers, and annual Department of Education reporting on Clery Act compliance.

  7. 2013

    Violence Against Women Act Amendments

    This landmark federal law provides extensive provisions to improve the criminal justice response to sexual and domestic violence against women. In 2013, section 304 of VAWA amended the Clery Act to add additional reportable crimes.

  8. 2017

    Our policy work continues...

    Clery Center continues to work closely with educators, legislators, and partners to improve campus safety policy and with it, Clery Act compliance and awareness.

Understanding the 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.

Understanding Violence Against Women Act amendments

Recent changes to VAWA expand key provisions of the Clery Act, including the role of law enforcement, the types of crime mandated for reporting, student confidentiality rights, and prevention programming.

Understanding Title IX, DFSCA, and FERPA

Title IX, DFSCA, and FERPA set additional campus safety policy and reporting requirements for colleges and universities. Understanding their areas of overlap is critical to ensuring your institution's compliance.


Clery Act Compliance Materials: resources created by Clery Center to aid schools in the reporting of campus crime and violence

Clery Act Program Review Reports: an online archive of final program review reports, released by the U.S. Department of Education

Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines: UCR program guidance on collecting and reporting hate crimes, in keeping with Clery Act requirements

Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook: crime reporting procedures as outlined by the FBI, for supplementation to Clery Act reporting

Download the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting

A policy resource developed by the U.S. Department of Education

This free, comprehensive handbook provides step-by-step procedures, examples, and references for educational institutions seeking guidance on Clery Act compliance, including updates on the 2013 VAWA amendments.

Students Training

Protect Your Students, Protect Your Institution

With fines of up to $54,789 per Clery Act violation, compliance is an issue no college or university can afford to put off. Institutions must proactively work to understand and meet the requirements of the Clery Act to create safe, compliant campus environments for staff and students.