Institutionalizing the Clery Act at Institutions of Higher Education
Under the Clery Act, all colleges and universities receiving federal funding must share information about crime on and around campus and their efforts to improve campus safety. They must also provide support for certain crime victims and disclose certain crime-related policies and procedures. However, the complexity of the legislation, resource limitations, and changes in the Act have created considerable compliance challenges for many IHEs.
The focus group convened in response to the NCCPS’s effort to be a nationwide resource for addressing critical issues in campus safety. The focus group addressed three objectives IHEs and professional associations have with regard to institutionalizing Clery compliance: identify what messages IHEs and professional associations should send about the topic, determine how those messages should be distributed, and decide how to execute on those determinations. The focus group also discussed topics related to personnel management, training, and funding related to expanding the scope of Clery compliance at IHEs. The discussion did not evaluate specific compliance efforts or policies at specific institutions.