Clery Act

Introduction to the Clery Act and Campus Security

The Clery Act is a law governing the campus security of Calvary Baptist Seminary. The Clery Act, or, as it is formally known, The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $27,500 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs. The Clery Act is a federal statute codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), with implementing regulations in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations at 34 CFR 668.46.

The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. The Clery Act, signed in 1990, was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act.

View the full Clery Act Policy

Campus safety requirements for all students and employees

  1. Personally escort strangers to the church office and seminary office. If there is someone you are uncomfortable escorting, do not give that person access to the property, and notify the church or seminary office that a stranger wishes to enter the facilities.
  2. Do not lend your access card or key fob to others.
  3. Do not leave strangers unattended.
  4. To enhance personal safety, and especially after an evening class, if at all possible, walk with friends or someone from class that you know well.

Reporting crimes

  1. An offense is committed.
  2. An observer or victim reports the offense directly to the church administrator via a  Crime Incident Report form or indirectly through a campus security authority.
  3. The church administrator issues a “timely warning.”
  4. The church administrator sends an edited copy of the report to the Clery Act Compliance Coordinator (CACC).
  5. The dean repeats the timely report to the seminary student body.
  6. The CACC reports monthly with the state and reports annually with the U.S. Department of Education and issues an annual campus security report.

 

Self-reporting to civil authorities. As always, since Clery Act offenses are, in fact, illegal according to civil law, students remain free to report crimes directly to the Towamencin Police Department (911 or 215-368-7600) if he or she feels such a course of action would be appropriate. The seminary administration is available to assist victims in contacting the police.

Designated campus security authorities. In addition to completing a Crime Incident Report form, a victim may directly phone a designated campus security authority to report the crime.  Designated campus security authorities include: for the church, the church administrative representative (ext. 103); for the seminary, the dean (ext. 196) and chaplain (ext. 133); for the school, the school administrator (ext. 106).

Reporting a crime may remain confidential; licensed pastors functioning in their pastoral role as counselor should make their counselee aware of the ability to report confidentially if a situation arises in which a report would be warranted but the counselee feels uncomfortable with being known as the individual who reported a particular crime. Counselors should obtain a Crime Incident Report form for the counselee if the counselee is uncomfortable obtaining the form himself/herself. All reports will be investigated, and violators are subject to criminal prosecution.

Crime Incident Report forms should be filed to the church administrator. The church administrator will notify the campus community if a Clery Act crime is reported to campus security authorities or local police and is considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. This “timely warning” (per Clery Act regulations) will be issued within 24 hours and will take the form of an e-mail message to all recipients in the Exchange address book; furthermore, the seminary dean will repeat that warning in chapel announcements; additionally, chapel announcements are made available online daily via the website. The church administrator will forward edited copies of any crime incident reports (subtracting personal information if appropriate) to the CACC.

Availability of information

Information regarding the seminary’s campus safety history may be acquired from the Clery Act Compliance Coordinator (CACC).  Annual crime statistics for the most recent three years published are also available.

Additionally, a complete history of campus offenses involving law enforcement officials is available online. Furthermore, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania makes available online information concerning registered sex offenders.

A complete description of the U.S. Department of Education’s advice to institutions on compliance with the Clery Act is available online in the Department of Education’s Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting.

Items reported

Clery Act items reported include the following, categorized additionally by hate crime classification and geographical location (on campus or on contiguous public property):

Offenses

  1. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
  2. Negligent manslaughter
  3. Forcible sex offenses
  4. Non-forcible sex offenses
  5. Robbery
  6. Aggravated assault
  7. Burglary
  8. Motor vehicle theft
  9. Arson
  10. Hate crimes

 

Arrests

  1. Weapons possession
  2. Drug law
  3. Liquor law

 

Referrals

  1. Weapons possession
  2. Drug law
  3. Liquor law

Acknowledgements

Portions of this document were taken from wikipedia.org (“Clery Act”) and from the Department of Education’s Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting.