Online Campus Safety Training
Making Our Campus Safer (Clery Act)
The Clery Act is a federal law enacted in 1990. The Act is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman, who was raped and murdered by a fellow student while asleep in her dorm room in 1986. Her parents later discovered that there had been 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before Jeanne's murder, none of which the University had disclosed to students.
The Clery Act requires schools to make timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that could pose an ongoing threat to students and employees. Recognizing that many crimes are not reported to the police, the Act requires schools to collect data about crimes on and around their campuses from those referred to as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs). In addition to campus police and non-police security staff, any member of a school's faculty or staff with "significant responsibility for student and campus activities" is considered a CSA and must be trained on the Act's reporting requirements. The Act empowers the Department of Education to levy substantial fines on schools that fail to comply.
In 2013, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act amended the Clery Act by, among other things, expanding the reporting obligations under the Act to include statistics on reports of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Campus Safety Training Course Summary
This 25-minute course explains the essential requirements of the Clery Act and the responsibilities of all CSAs. The topics covered in this course include —
- Background of the Clery Act
- Campus SaVE Act
- The Clery Act: Spirit, intent and enforcement
- Campus Security Authorities (CSAs)
- CSA duties
- What crimes must you report?
- What crimes are "campus" crimes?
- Documenting the facts
- Best practices for documentation
- Additional information and resources