Clery Act

History of the Clery Act

In April 1986, Jeanne Clery, a student at Lehigh University, was sexually assaulted and murdered in her residence hall room. At that time universities or colleges were not required to track or disclose crimes that occurred on campus. In 1990, Congress approved the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, which requires colleges and universities, like UC, to make “timely warnings” to campus community members about specific types of crime if an ongoing threat is believed to exist. The Campus Security Act was later renamed in memory of Jeanne Clery. The Jeanne Clery Act took effect in 1991.

Clery Act Requirements
The act requires colleges and universities to keep a public crime log, publish an annual security report that includes crime statistics and security policies, provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about crimes that pose an immediate or ongoing safety threat to students and campus employees, and ensure certain basic rights for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The U.S. Department of Education enforces the Clery Act and is responsible for collecting and disseminating crime statistics from colleges and universities each year.

Clery Crimes

  • Arson
  • Criminal homicide (murder, non-negligent manslaughter)
  • Sex offenses (rape, sexual assault)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Dating violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Stalking
  • Hate crimes
  • Arrests & referrals for
    • Drug law violations
    • Liquor law violations
    • Weapons law violations

Clery Geography

The Clery Act geography is comprised of on-campus property, including student residence halls, public property, which is the area immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus, such as the street and the sidewalks that line it, and non-campus property that the university owns or controls.

Nicole Smith

Clery Compliance Coordinator
[email protected]

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008

In August 2008, the federal Higher Education Act was reauthorized by the passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). A key feature of the act, Section 133, deals with the requirement for institutions to provide textbook information as part of its online or printed schedule of classes.

As of July 1, 2010, UC has been required to make available to students textbook information for all courses, to include both ISBN numbers and pricing information. This information must be offered as part of UC’s online class schedule and must be viewable by students in advance of registration for any given academic term.

Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008

(d) Provision of ISBN College Textbook Information in Course Schedules: To the maximum extent practicable, each institution of higher education receiving Federal financial assistance shall:

(1) disclose, on the institution’s Internet course schedule and in a manner of the institution’s choosing, the International Standard Book Number and retail price information of required and recommended college textbooks and supplemental materials for each course listed in the institution’s course schedule used for preregistration and registration purposes, except that:

(A) if the International Standard Book Number is not available for such college textbook or supplemental material, then the institution shall include in the Internet course schedule the author, title, publisher, and copyright date for such college textbook or supplemental material; and

(B) if the institution determines that the disclosure of the information described in this subsection is not practicable for a college textbook or supplemental material, then the institution shall so indicate by placing the designation “To Be Determined” in lieu of the information required under this subsection; and

(2) if applicable, include on the institution’s written course schedule a notice that textbook information is available on the institution’s Internet course schedule, and the Internet address for such schedule.

Compliance Implementation at UC
To enable compliance with HEOA 2008 Section 133, the Registrar’s Office partnered with UCit and the UC Bookstore to create functionality for the Online Schedule of Classes whereby students have viewing access to the required textbook information.

The Online Schedule of Classes draws faculty textbook orders and associated ISBN and pricing information directly from the UC Bookstore textbook ordering system.

An icon readily recognizable to students as a textbook appears immediately adjacent to each and every class section, for all courses, departments and colleges (with the exception of the colleges of Law and Medicine). Should the student click that textbook icon, a pop-up window is generated that displays the list of textbooks submitted for the class by the instructor to the UC Bookstore. Each textbook’s ISBN is presented, as is UC Bookstore pricing information. If the instructor has notified the UC Bookstore that textbooks are not required for the particular class, a message to that effect appears. If the UC Bookstore has not yet received either a textbook order or a “no textbooks” confirmation from the instructor, a message to that effect appears.