The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, which requires United States colleges and universities to disclose information about crimes on campus and in surrounding areas.
The law is connected to participation in federal student financial aid programs. Therefore, it applies to most public and private institutions of higher education, and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Clery Act was named in memory of 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery who was raped and murdered while asleep in her residence hall room on April 5, 1986. Her parents, Howard and Connie, discovered Jeanne had not been told about Lehigh’s nearly 40 violent crimes, which occurred three years before her murder. Howard and Connie Clery joined other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact the law, originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.
Since its inception, the law has been amended twice—once in 1992 to add a requirement that colleges and universities give the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights and in 1998 to expand the reporting requirements and to formally name the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.
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