The Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) (as amended), is a federal mandate requiring all institutions of higher education (IHEs) that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. The Clery Act affects virtually all public and private IHEs and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The Clery Act requires colleges and universities:
- Publish an annual report disclosing campus security policies and documenting three calendar years of select campus crime statistics.
- Provide crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education.
- Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees.
- Keep a public crime log accessible to the public.
- Uphold basic rights for survivors of sexual assault.
- Pay fines to the U.S. Department of Education for failure to comply with the Clery Act.
The Clery Act is named in memory of 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery, who was raped and murdered on April 5, 1986, while asleep in her residence hall room. Her parents, Connie and Howard Clery, later discovered that students hadn't been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the "Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990." A 1998 amendment formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.
Compliance with the Clery Act
The 2015-2016 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is published each year in compliance with the Clery Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), as well as the State of Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act.
To view the most recent Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, click on the link in the right pane.
This report is part of UIC’s on-going effort to inform you of the safety programs and services available to the UIC community, the crimes that are reported, and the steps you can take to maintain a safe and secure campus. The 2015-2016 ASFSR is prepared by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, incorporating data and information provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Office of Public and Government Affairs, the UIC Police Department, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Environmental Health and Safety Office, the Office of Preparedness and Response, Campus Housing, the Office for Access and Equity, UIC campus security authorities and law enforcement agencies whose jurisdictions include UIC properties.
The report will provide you with information on safety and security at each of the University of Illinois at Chicago campuses: Chicago Campus East & Chicago Campus West, Peoria Regional Campus, the Quad Cities Regional Campus, Rockford Regional Campus, Springfield Regional Campus, and Urbana-Champaign Regional Campus. It includes statistics for 2013, 2014 and 2015 concerning reported crimes that occurred on each campus; in certain non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UIC; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, each campus. Statistics for the current calendar year (2016) will appear in next year’s report. The report also includes policies and procedures on campus security, such as alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and other matters.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Clery Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions. We welcome your practical insights that can inform decisions about program priorities and UIC community actions. We look forward to sharing in your ingenuity and creativity as we press forward in our commitment to campus safety and security.