Jeanne Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act of 1990 requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. 

The law is named after Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her dorm room on April 5, 1986. Her parents later learned of 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other victims of campus crime and persuaded the United States Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.”

Compliance with the Clery Act is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.

This webpage includes Clery Act-mandated consumer protection discloses:

  • The Southwestern College Police Department maintains a Daily Crime Log of all reported crimes (not just Clery Act crimes) on the District's campuses or within the Police Department's normal patrol jurisdiction.
  • A listing of crime disposition definitions used in the Daily Crime Log.
  • The Annual Security Report, which must be published by October 1st and include Clery crime statistics for the prior three calendar years.