During the early morning hours of April 5, 1986, 18 year old Jeanne Ann Clery, was tortured, raped, sodomized and murdered in her dormitory room at Lehigh University. Her killer was a drug and alcohol abuser, a Lehigh student whom Jeanne had never met. He gained access to her room by proceeding, unopposed, through three propped-open doors, each of which should have been locked. He was convicted and sentenced to death.
Jeanne’s parents, Connie Clery and Howard Clery, discovered that students hadn’t been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990″.
Among other requirements, schools must make timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to students and employees. The Department of Education can fine schools that fail to comply.
Security On Campus, Inc., was founded by Jeanne’s parents as the first national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of criminal violence at colleges and to assisting campus victims nationwide.
Categories: Sexual Abuse Laws Tags: campus security, clery act, colleges, connie clery, department of education, dormitory room, howard clery, jeanne ann clery, killer, lehigh university, murdered, raped, security on campus, sodomized, universities
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of post-secondary education participating in federal student-aid programs are subject to it. The act includes:
Publishing an annual report disclosing campus security policies and three years’ worth of selected crime statistics.
Making timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat.
Keeping a public crime log.
Upholding basic rights to victims of sexual assault.
Making accurate crime statistics available to the U.S. Department of Education, which centrally collects and disseminates campus crime statistics at the national level.
Facing possible fines from the U.S. Department of Education when schools fail to comply with the Clery Act.
Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to NMU Public Safety and Police Services, as well as designated campus officials including, but not limited to, directors, deans, department heads, designated student support staff, advisers to students and student organizations, athletic coaches and local law enforcement agencies.
The “Clery Act” is named in memory of 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery, who was raped and murdered on April 5, 1986, while asleep in her residence hall room.
Her parents, Connie and Howard Clery, later discovered that students hadn’t been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.” A 1998 amendment formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.
Categories: Sexual Abuse Laws Tags: athletic coaches, campus security, clery act, colelges, crime statistics, deans, department heads, directors, freshman, higher education act, jeanne ann clery, jeanne clery disclosure of campus security policy and campus crime statistics act, lehigh university, murder, post-secondary education, rape, sexual assault, student-aid programs, universiities