Campus Safety & Clery Act Compliance

Campus Safety & Clery Act Compliance

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information (Annual Crime and Safety Reports) about campus crime, and security and safety policies. In addition, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the University publishes a Fire Safety Report and provides Missing Student information for those locations where Northwestern maintains on-campus student housing facilities (Evanston campus). The Fire Safety Report contains information about the University’s fire prevention practices and systems, as well as fire-related statistics.

The Clery Act affects virtually all public and private colleges and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. Campuses that fail to comply with the act can be penalized with fines and may be suspended from participating in the federal financial aid program.

  • Annual Crime and Safety Reports: The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to annually provide information on campus crime, safety and security policies in the form of an Annual Security Report. Annual Security Reports are published each year by October 1st for the Chicago/Evanston, Miami, Qatar and Washington, DC campuses.
  • Blotter (Crime Log): Archive of reported criminal and non-criminal incidents published Monday – Friday.
  • Crime Alerts: Archive of University-issued community Alerts.
  • Campus Security Authorities (CSA): The Clery Act identifies certain categories of students, University employees and contractors as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) who have federally mandated responsibilities to report crimes that they witness or are reported to them.
  • CSA Crime Report Form: CSA’s are federally mandated Clery Act crime reporters. As such, CSA’s utilize the online CSA Crime Report Form to report Clery Act reportable crimes.
  • Clery Liaison: Campus schools, units, departments and divisions are encouraged to submit a contact name to work with the University Clery Act Coordinator to serve as a Clery Act Liaison for their respective area. Clery Liaisons assist in (i) identifying and registering CSAs, (ii) registering Clery Act defined non-campus property (previously unreported leased or controlled school, unit, department or division property) and (iii) reporting locations associated with University sponsored (controlled) student trips using the Student Trip Report form (see the Student Trip Report form web page for additional information).
  • Student Trip Report form: Community members, who are administratively responsible for domestic and international student trips, are expected to report student trip information to University Police regardless if any Clery Act reportable crimes occurred on a trip.
  • Missing Student Policy: Federal law requires that the University establish a policy on reporting a student missing from on-campus student housing, how students can designate a missing person contact person, and how the missing person contact information will be used.
  • Sex Offender Registries: Guidance for obtaining information on registered sex offenders.
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): University VAWA policies associated with the Chicago / Evanston, Miami, Qatar and Washington, DC campuses and VAWA reference information.