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.