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Clery Act FAQ

What is the Jeanne Clery Act?

The "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" (formerly the Campus Security Act) is a federal law that requires all institutions like Bard College at Simon’s Rock to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas.

Who is Jeanne Clery?

In 1986 Jeanne Clery, a freshman at Pennsylvania's Lehigh University, was murdered and sexually assaulted in her campus residence hall room by another student she didn't know. Lehigh had not informed students about 38 violent crimes on campus in the three years preceding her murder. Clery's parents, Connie & Howard, led the crusade to enact the original Campus Security Act. Congress formally named the law in memory of Clery in 1998.

Which schools must comply with the Clery Act?

Simon’s Rock, as an institution of postsecondary education that participates in federal student aid programs, publishes and disseminates an annual campus security report in compliance with the Clery Act.

What does Simon’s Rock have to disclose under the Clery Act?

Simon's Rock publishes and disseminates an annual campus security report containing various security policies and three years worth of crime statistics. The College must also issue timely warnings about crimes that pose an ongoing danger. The Simon’s Rock Security Department maintains a crime log that is open to the general public. 

What are the categories of crime statistics that must be disclosed?

  • Homicide
    • Murder & Nonnegligent manslaughter
    • Negligent manslaughter
  • Sex Offenses
    • Forcible
    • Non-Forcible
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson

Hate crimes must also be reported by category of prejudice:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability

**Each incident is recorded in the calendar year it was reported - not in the year it occurred.

How far back do these statistics have to go?

The Simon’s Rock statistics are reported for the most recent three calendar years.

Are there other violations that must be included in the report?

The Clery Act requires that Simon’s Rock provide statistics for the following categories of arrests or, if an arrest was not made, referrals for campus disciplinary action:

  • Liquor Law Violations
  • Drug Law Violations
  • Illegal Weapons Possession

When is this information published?

Bard College at Simon’s Rock distributes the report by October 1st of calendar each year.

How can I get a copy of the Simon’s Rock report?

The law requires the College to "prepare, publish and distribute" their security report to all current students and employees and to alert student applicants to the availability of the report and provide a copy on request. The reports can either be mailed (regular or campus mail), e-mailed, hand-delivered, included as part of a publication that is distributed to the campus community.  The Simon’s Rock security report is posted on the Simon’s Rock intranet. A paper copy of the report is available on request. Finally, each year The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a comprehensive listing of crime statistics gathered from the crime reports compiled by schools across the country.

Who is entitled to receive information under the Clery Act?

Currently enrolled students and employees can review the Simon’s Rock annual campus security report online. Prospective students and employees are provided with information about the report and are entitled to request a copy. The general public, including parents and the news media, have access to the public crime log.

Do Simon’s Rock officials other than law enforcement have reporting obligations under the Clery Act?

Simon’s Rock officials with significant responsibility for campus and student activities have reporting obligations under the Clery Act. The College has a policy for surveying officials each year to determine if any of the covered crimes were reported to them. Only professional mental health and pastoral counselors are exempt from reporting.

Is Simon’s Rock required to include crimes reported to local police agencies?

The College makes a reasonable, good-faith effort to obtain statistics from outside law enforcement agencies for inclusion in the annual report for all geographic areas including the main campus.

Does someone have to be convicted of a crime before it is reportable under the Clery Act?

Convictions are not required under the Clery Act for a crime to be reportable.

Who enforces the Jeanne Clery Act and what are the penalties for noncompliance?

The United States Department of Education is charged with enforcing the Jeanne Clery Act and may level civil penalties against institutions of higher education or may suspend them from participating in federal student financial aid programs. Complaints of violations should be filed with DOE regional offices.

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