Clery Act

What is the Clery Act?

Signed into law in 1990, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act. The act is now referred to as the Clery Act. The law requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The law is tied to an institution's participation in federal student financial aid programs and it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. The Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.

Requirements of the Clery Act

To ensure compliance with the Clery Act, Saginaw Valley State University must meet the following obligations.

  1. Collect, classify, and count crime reports and crime statistics.
  2. Issue crime alerts.
    • Timely warning-Issue a timely warning for any Clery Act crime that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees
    • Emergency notification- Issue an emergency notification upon the confirmation of an emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus.
  3. Publish an annual security report and fire safety report.
    • Must be distributed to all current students and employees, and ensure it is made available to prospective students and employees.
    • Must contain policy statements, procedures, crime statistics, and fire statistics associated with each on-campus student housing facility.
  4. Submit crime and fire statistics to the United States Department of Education.
  5. Maintain daily crime and fire logs.
  6. Disclose missing student notification procedures to resident students.

What is a Clery Act crime?

The following are Clery crimes and must be reported by Saginaw Valley State University. Clery Crime Definitions (422kB)

  • Criminal homicide (murder and non-negligent manslaughter)
  • Sex offenses — forcible (forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling)
  • Sex offenses — non-forcible (incest, statutory rape)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson
  • Dating Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Stalking
  • Hate crimes (race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability)

What is a Campus Security Authority (CSA)?

Campus security authority is a Clery Act term that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution. The four groups are as follows:

  • A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution.
  • Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department.
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

Pastoral counselors and professional counselors are exempt by law.

What is the responsibility of a Campus Security Authority?

A campus security authority is required by federal law to report Clery Act crimes or allegations of Clery Act crimes to University Police. Reports can be made by calling University Police at 989-964-4141 or by submitting the CSA Crime Statistic Report Form below.

What shouldn’t a Campus Security Authority Do?

  • Not responsible for determining whether a crime took place. Report all allegations to University Police.
  • Don’t try to apprehend the alleged perpetrator of the crime. Inform University Police immediately.
  • Try to convince a victim to contact law enforcement if the victim chooses not to do so.

CSA Report Form

CSA Crime Statistic Report Form (144kB) E-mail completed form to the Resource Manager/Compliance Officer, Andretta Smith (agsmith1@svsu.edu).