Clery Act Information
The Clery Act
The Clery Act is named in memory of 19-year-old college freshman Jeanne Ann Clery, who was raped and murdered on April 5, 1986, while asleep in her residence hall room at Lehigh University. 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 the law, originally known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990” to ensure that future students would be better informed, and protected. A 1998 amendment formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), as part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student-aid programs are subject to this requirement. Among other things, the Clery Act requires colleges and universities:
- Publish an annual report disclosing campus security policies and documenting three calendar years of select campus crime and fire statistics.
- Provide certain crime and fire statistics to the U.S. Department of Education.
- Keep a crime log accessible to the public.
- Uphold basic rights for survivors of sexual assault and other violent crimes.
- Enact missing student notification procedures.
- Have emergency notification and evacuation procedures.
- Collect certain crime reports from Campus Security Authorities & local law enforcement to include them in the annual statistics.
- Issue Timely Warnings (Pioneer Alerts etc.) to alert the campus about crimes that pose a serious or continuing threat to the safety of the campus community.
For more information contact the Clery Compliance Officer at 940.898.2937 or refer to the Clery Act Brochure.
Annual Security & Fire Safety Report
The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report is prepared by the Texas Woman’s University Department of Public Safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).
The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report contains information and crime statistics for the three previous calendar years regarding crimes that occurred on campus; in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by TWU; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible to the campus. The report also contains information regarding campus security and personal safety topics such as crime prevention, access to campus buildings and facilities, fire safety, TWU DPS law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other information related to safety and security on campus. Information on victims’ assistance, missing student notification, fire statistics, Pioneer Alerts, emergency preparedness & response, drug and alcohol policies and programs, sex offender registry information, theft prevention, as well as information on preventative programs and assistance for members of the university community who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking can also be found in the report.
The safety and security of members of the university community is of paramount concern to Texas Woman's University Department of Public Safety. If you have any questions, or would like to request a copy of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report sent to you, contact TWU DPS at 940.898.2911 or you may contact the Clery Compliance Officer directly at 940.898.2937.
Campus Security Authorities
As part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), colleges and universities are required to compile and publish statistics regarding the occurrence of certain criminal offenses including those that are reported to officials of the institution who are considered to be Campus Security Authorities.
According to the Clery Act, a Campus Security Authority includes a member of a campus security department; any individual or individuals who are responsible for campus security but who do not constitute 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; and an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings.
Examples of Campus Security Authorities at Texas Woman’s University include all members of the Department of Public Safety, the Dean of Students and certain other Student Affairs administrators (excluding pastoral and professional counselors as defined below), members of the Athletics Administration, coaches, advisors to student organizations, coordinators for Greek Affairs, and certain members of the Residential Life staff including the Director, Associate Director, Assistant Directors, Resident Directors, Resident Assistants and student workers who help check-in guests to the dorms.
Pastoral counselors and professional counselors are not Campus Security Authorities under the Clery Act. A pastoral counselor is defined as a person who is associated with a religious order or denomination, who is recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition of a pastoral counselor. A professional counselor is defined as a person whose professional responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the university’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification
As a Campus Safety Authority, you are required to report allegations of Clery Act crimes to the TWU Department of Public Safety, including the following:
- Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter
- Negligent Manslaughter
- Sex Offenses
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor Vehicle Theft
- Domestic Violence
- Dating Violence
- All Hate Crimes involving: the aforementioned classifications as well as larceny-theft, intimidation, simple assault, and damage/destruction/vandalism of property
- All Liquor, Drug or Weapons Law Violations resulting in an arrest or referral for disciplinary action.
If you observe any of these crimes, or if any person reveals to you that he/she learned of or was the victim of, perpetrator of, or witness to any of these crimes, you are expected to immediately contact the TWU Department of Public Safety if they wish to file a police report, or if they do not wish to file a police report then you must complete and submit a Campus Security Authority Report Form which is located in the Reporting Crime and Incidents section of the TWU DPS website. Campus Security Authority Report Forms do not have to list the name of the victim; they are used for statistical purposes and to alert the campus community of an on-going threat to the safety and security of others (no names will be used in any crime alerts).
Please do not investigate the crime or attempt to determine whether a crime, in fact, took place. Simply make the report. Appropriate personnel may later contact you or others to gather additional information. If there is any doubt as to whether a crime is reportable, you should err on the side of reporting the matter.
If you have questions about Campus Security Authorities you may contact the Clery Compliance Officer at 940.898.2937. You may also refer to the Campus Security Authorities Brochure.