Institutionalizing the Clery Act at Institutions of Higher Education

Publication Date: 2016
Abstract: Under the Clery Act, all colleges and universities receiving federal funding must share information about crime on and around campus and their efforts to improve campus safety. They must also provide support for certain crime victims and disclose certain crime-related policies and procedures. However, the complexity of the legislation, resource limitations, and changes in the Act have created considerable compliance challenges for many institutions of higher education (IHEs). Public safety and compliance executives from colleges and universities as well as representatives from professional associations convened in November 2015 and January 2016 to discuss institutionalizing Clery compliance. Their goal was to help IHEs develop their cultures to manage compliance with the Clery Act from an institution-wide team approach, rather than something sequestered to a few compliance professionals at each IHE. The primary task was to determine what kinds of communications could make that growth occur. This report summarizes the focus group discussions and outlines the identified solutions, recommendations, and conclusions.